The White House, May 2018 – ‘I am taking this very righteous step, I believe, to correct a wrong that occurred in our history and to honour a truly legendary Boxing champion.’
When the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, formally issued a posthumous, full pardon to John Arthur ‘Jack’ Johnson (1878 – 1946), he was acknowledging the fact that the ‘Galveston Giant’ had been wrongfully convicted and unjustly imprisoned based upon a racially motivated and prejudiced trial. Johnson’s ‘alleged’ violation of the federal Mann Act (aka The White-Slave Traffic Act, 1910) in 1913 was a set-up, and, more than a century later, the United States’ Executive was finally acknowledging that a miscarriage of justice had taken place.
In effect, back in the days of the Mason-Dixon line, ‘Jim Crow’ laws, racially motivated attacks and lynch mobs, an innocent man who was unable to defend himself fairly outside of a boxing ring, had fallen foul of an all-white jury who’d based their decision to find him guilty on highly dubious evidence and solely because of his skin colour – nothing more, nothing less. (Full story available for 99p using PayPal)