Blue Check Twitter Sees Ulterior Motive in Jack Johnson Pardon

23 April, 2018, 21:55 | Author: Rachel Mcdaniel
  • Johnson. President Donald Trump says he's considering

President Donald Trump is nearly certain to grant the late champion boxer Jack Johnson a full pardon, the first African-American world heavyweight boxing champion who died in 1946 but convicted in 1913 for violating interracial mixing.

Who was the boxing legend Jack Johnson, and why would the President give him a pardon?

"His trials and tribulations were fantastic, his own life contentious", he even also tweeted.

Could Jack Johnson receive a presidential pardon more than 70 years after his death?

According to Jennifer Hansler of, Johnson "was convicted in 1913 under the Mann Act for taking his white girlfriend across state lines for "immoral" purposes".

Johnson died in a vehicle crash in North Carolina in 1946, at the age of 68.

A Trump pardon of Johnson would come after Sen.

The Texas brawler, who typically picked off opponents as they exhausted, claimed a resounding victory in the "Fight of the Century", a bout against former champion James Jeffries, amid huge racial tensions.

Most famously, his story was fictionalized for the play "The Great White Hope", starring James Earl Jones, which won the Pulitzer Prize for drama and the Tony Award for best play in 1969.

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The son of former slaves, he defeated Tommy Burns for the heavyweight title in 1908 at a time when blacks and whites rarely entered the same ring.

"Johnson knocked out Frank Owens... in the last round of a six round bout, and after a few minutes intermission took on a fresh opponent", the newspaper said.

The Justice Department makes decisions on potential pardons through an application process and typically makes recommendations to the president. Since 2004, Republican Senator John McCain from Arizona has backed a Johnson pardon, and legendary boxer Mike Tyson opened a petition asking Obama that Johnson should receive a posthumous pardon.

Johnson was convicted by an all-white jury but spent seven years as an exiled fugitive in Europe before turning himself in and serving a year in prison.

Johnson's niece has pushed Trump to get a pardon.

"We urge you to grant this posthumous pardon".

The sentence and imprisonment destroyed the boxing career of the "Galveston Giant".

If he's pardoned by the president, it'll be the first time it's ever been done to someone who's already dead.



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