Skip to comments.Lawmakers fight to get first black heavyweight champ off ropes with pardon for false conviction
Posted on 03/30/2009 11:49:23 PM PDT by rabscuttle385
Jack Johnson, the first African-American to become world heavyweight boxing champion, overcame racism and poverty to slug his way to the top.
Efforts to clear his name of a bogus conviction for transporting a white woman across state lines for immoral purposes, however, have not been as successful.
Today is the 131st anniversary of Johnson's birth in Galveston, and it comes as renewed efforts are under way in Congress to get a presidential pardon for the boxer who died 68 years ago.
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., plan to introduce resolutions before Congress on Wednesday calling on President Barack Obama to pardon Johnson.
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What's next? A pardon for Ted "The Swimmer" Kennedy?
Johnny Taliban will be the next one..
I think I’m for the basic premise of this one. Jack was railroaded.
Good to see our Republicans have their priorities in order. How did we ever manage to lose Congress with these guys in charge ?
Maybe Obama will like me if I fight to get a pardon for some dead black guy.
Also, I couldn’t help but notice that it said in the article
that Johnson spent his money as fast as he could make it,
and in almost the same breath it said that he didn’t play into racial stereotypes though. hmmm
Hell, why not but why now? Somebody’s pandering, wonder who? Why its John McCain! Shouldn’t he be buying Meghan another bucket of ice cream and a 12 pack of beer?
Well, on this one, Jack needs to be exonerated...he was railroaded simply because he was such a good fighter and was resented for it.
Wasn’t Jack Johnson an open Communist and didn’t he do the crime? Why should he be anything but despised as the low life Commie he was?
He did have his personal problems though, and was a wife-beater. Still, the Mann Act violation was trumped up since he liked white women and had married a white prostitute, triggering all kinds of lurid accusations against him.
We need to include Orrin Hatch in this august group, with all the time he's spending on the BCS.
It has never been illegal in this country to be a Communist.
I may be mistaken, but I believe the woman he was convicted of transporting across state lines for immoral purposes was his (white) wife. If correct, this was pretty obviously a miscarriage of justice.
The Supreme Court ruled that the Mann Act applied to consensual sexual relationships.
Johnson quite certainly violated it.
The Mann Act can be considered a stupid law, if you like, and it has been far too often used to harass unpopular people, and has never been enforced consistently, but it is quite legal and constitutional.
It’s still in effect, BTW. The investigation that brought Spitzer down was for violation of the Mann Act.
I was mistaken. The first woman he was accused of transporting was a white prostitute. He married her after the charges were filed, and so she was unable to testify against him.
The cops hunted around and found another prostitute to use as grounds for the charge.
Toting a prostitute across state lines is pretty obviously an actual violation of the Act.
At the time it was illegal to marry outside ones race. That was the law. He was also accused of having sex with large numbers of underage girls. He always wanted White girls which was illegal, not just for their ages.
He really did transport them for immoral purposes. They were strict about that then and I think they still should be.
Only in some states.
Yes that is correct.
Leave it to McCain to go to bat for a dead guy convicted of transporting prostitutes who jumped bail and fled the country while out on bond, pending appeal. I read some articles about Mr. Jackson from the 1905-1920 time period. He sounds like a real arrogant thug. He ran a saloon on the south side of Chicago filled with “tinsel” and scantily dressed women. A woman who worked in the bar as a “stenographer” (and was “his girl”) testified against him; she later became his wife, after his then wife committed suicide (she had been pysically abused by him for several years).
Sounds like a great guy! /s
From what I read (in old articles from the early 1900s), the first wife committed suicide in 1912 after he abused her for years (and was messing around with prostitute #2). A few years later, he married the second prostitute (that had testified against him).
I think you’re confusing him with Paul Robeson, the singer/actor, who was a committed Stalinist.
It seems pretty clear that Johnson was a serial offender against the Mann Act and thus was appropriately convicted.
It’s equally clear that he was prosecuted only because he was wildly unpopular.
Which brings up the timely question of whether convictions achieved as a result of politically-motivated prosecutions are valid. We’re likely to see a bunch of these in coming months as prosecutors go after executives who can be portrayed as sharing the blame for our present economic fix. Technical violations nobody would have cared about two years ago will be plenty.
Hey, maybe some members from an early 22nd century Congress will champion the cause of the AIG execs. ;-)
It’s a symbolic gesture. That’s all I can say on the issue.
Could be. The inverse of this is the liberal assumption that black politicians shouldn’t be prosecuted for corruption since the default assumption is that they were “targeted” because of their race.
It’s because of sh!t like this that the commudems are running the damned store! FCOL, what the hell are we paying these idiots to do, exactly?
Whats the Matter Johnny McCain, couldn’t you find any Mexican fighters who needed a pardon????