Finally Pardoned! Jack Johnson – ‘The Black Ghost in The White House’

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JD Morgan pays his own personal tribute to the ‘Galveston Giant‘, Jack Johnson, the first African-American World Heavyweight Champion – a brilliant defensive boxer, masterful exponent of the ‘sweet science’ and a fearless man outside of the ring, who was determined to live life his own way in the ‘land of the free’. Steadfastly refusing to compromise his social behaviours and kowtow to the conventions of the ‘Jim Crow’ era, Jack Johnson was exiled and became a fugitive as a result of an alleged violation of the Mann Act. Recently given a posthumous full pardon by the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, JD discusses the history behind the reasons why it took so long to finally ‘right’ this ‘wrong’. (1,950 words)

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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)

2 reviews for Finally Pardoned! Jack Johnson – ‘The Black Ghost in The White House’

  1. JB

    J D Morgan’s done it again. This a fascinating read. It’s a story that people need to know. At least one wrong has now been corrected.

  2. C Humber (verified owner)

    A must read for any boxing fan and to make one question as to why it took so long to right the wrong!

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