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Jack Johnson
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I am baffled as to why this great Champion has not been accorded a pardon that was a nothing but a transparent racially motivated act. Jack Johnson was a target of vengeance because he was a black man who was able to rise above the Institutional Racism of the era in which he lived. There was little tolerance for African Americans to succeed in or at anything. Johnson was specifically in this racist government's cross-hairs because he manifested the audacity to and then openly engaged in a romance with a white woman. This was magnified because his infinite pugilistic talents won the most venerated status in sports, the "Heavyweight Champion of the World. Johnson's status as undisputed Heavyweight Champion in what was then, arguably the most popular sport in the nation in conjunction with his refusal to kowtow to the injustice of white supremacy, which we now know was nothing but a government and societal sham and travesty of injustice that we finally recognize was everything that was supposed to be contrary to our beliefs, however, instead, Johnson courage in the ring was only surpassed by his courage outside of the ring as he dared to defy his subrogation of his respectability as a citizen, which in theory was classic hypocrisy. Johnson's conviction of the Mann Act was nothing more than a thinly veiled means to the end of Johnson's stature and glory that he brought to his race and all fair-minded people. Johnson had to be subjected to stress of be targeted in a manner that today would be defined as criminal in the unequivocal malicious prosecution that was instituted by a racist country whose open bigotry by a government fully engaged in a policy of institutional racism designed to suppress the black race from enjoying success in society. The United States funded, supported and engaged in the suppression of Jack Johnson and in reality the freedom of choice that was a fundamental right guaranteed by the United states Constitution, which in reality were only afforded to White men. Thankfully, as a country we have matured from this inane behavior as a society, but for some strange reason refuse to rectify injustices that mark the injustices of the past, e.g., Jack Johnson's pardon. While we have evolved in our collective maturity as a nation to recognize and eradicate the injustice of all racism, we still have yet to eradicate the remnants of this United states' past injustices. The refusal to rid the countries' record of documented injustice which today only exist as evidence and even monuments of the overt policy of racial injustice and suppression of these people in what was a ostensibly just and fair Government. Their continued existences continue to erode our credibility as a just and fair nation as nothing more than indelible stains of embarrassingly shameful injustices. For our government to continue to ignore Jack Johnson's malicious Prosecution, we continue to fortify and preserve these disgraceful acts by our government as nothing more than monuments of disgrace, not to the great Jack Johnson, but instead to the standing of the USA, as a defender of truth and justice in the world, Instead the recalcitrance of the United States of America to grant Jack Johnson a long overdue Pardon, as reminders of these indelible vestiges of the institutionally supported injustices that was rampant in the 19th to mid twentieth century in the reprehensible and repugnant subrogation of Afro-Americans. Jack Johnson was an elite professional athlete who did nothing wrong! The conundrum now is why Jack Johnson still has not been granted a Pardon to at the very least mollify his progeny, but also the African Americans citizens and the entire country. Why does President Barack Obama & the Attorney General of the United states, William Holden, not move "with full deliberate speed' to finally make this long overdue pardon a reality to advance the healing of this victim of injustice? I'm a 59 year old white male who spent 25 years as a police officer in Jersey City and have also been an Attorney since 1989, and must admit that I am embarrassed as an American citizen that my country as yet to correct this manifest injustice. Every day that goes by with this shameful injustice remaining intact, is just another day of shame & disgraceful remembrance of when the USA was a bastion of inequality and injustice. This can be a move in the right direction by correcting in a very small way, but still provide a degree of solace to Johnson's progeny and the entire American nation to the extent that we recognize that Jack Johnson was victimized by a Government which promoted and fueled vile racism for no good reason. ERASE THE SHAME OF THIS MORTAL SIN WHICH WAS A TERRIBLE TRANSGRESSION BY OUR NATION NOW!!!
- Philip Matsikoudis
 Added: Nov. 5, 2012
Rest in peace
- Stephanie Waddell
 Added: Oct. 28, 2012
You Where The Man.....RIP
- William "Smokey" Robinson
 Added: Sep. 29, 2012

- TheMysterian
 Added: Jun. 9, 2012

- Lance
 Added: May. 13, 2012

- nevermore
 Added: Mar. 31, 2012

- Carolyn
 Added: Mar. 31, 2012

- J.Sullivan
 Added: Feb. 20, 2012
- runawayuniverse
 Added: Feb. 10, 2012
- D.P.E.
 Added: Feb. 8, 2012
I light a candle for Jack Johnson ...
- Candles
 Added: Jan. 20, 2012
America owes you a huge apology for the way it treated you.R.I.P. sir.
- Mr.C
 Added: Jan. 2, 2012

- thank you
 Added: Dec. 26, 2011

- Stacey
 Added: Nov. 10, 2011
- runawayuniverse
 Added: Nov. 8, 2011

- GS
 Added: Nov. 7, 2011

- Nancy O
 Added: Aug. 24, 2011
Remembered 65 years later..died in Saint Agnes Hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina
- Nancy Forrest
 Added: Jun. 15, 2011

- Stacey
 Added: Jun. 14, 2011

- Blackwasp
 Added: Jun. 10, 2011
65 years
- Talbot Fisher
 Added: Jun. 10, 2011

- TheMysterian
 Added: Jun. 10, 2011

- BigLebo
 Added: Jun. 5, 2011
Happy late b-day champ. And thanks for being the man.
- Richard Smith II
 Added: May. 13, 2011
On your 133rd birthday John Arthur
- Nancy Forrest
 Added: Apr. 4, 2011
Happy Birthday, Champ!
- Gil
 Added: Mar. 31, 2011
I have been so moved by all of the kind wonderful things being said about you and your life, from all these people I don't know. What is even better is knowing that you are my maternal great great uncle. Only a few people now know that your sister Janie had children, and that is the reason I am here. I hope you are proud of me for keeping your legacy alive and being your advocate. Ken Burns made all of this possible, and meeting him, Senator McCain, and Congressman King was amazing in April 2009. I am so proud of you, and how you lived your life. Aunt Blanche kept us all informed about you, and my mother, granddaughter of Mama Janie did too. Next is to get you the pardon you deserve, we are all hoping that it will get signed by the first black president, since you were the first black heavyweight champion. It is a blessing to know that out of all the families on the earth God gave you to us! You are truly inspiring to me. Love your great great niece, Linda E Haywood
- designer216
 Added: Mar. 4, 2011
You were a great fighter
 Added: Feb. 28, 2011
rest in peace mr.johnson
- ella collins
 Added: Feb. 13, 2011
Merry Christmas Mr.Johnson!
- Joris
 Added: Dec. 26, 2010
RIP Great One
 Added: Nov. 7, 2010

- Stacey
 Added: Nov. 6, 2010

- Åke Frisk
 Added: Jul. 23, 2010
I read a recent book about you champ. i hope you know that you are getting the recognition you thoroughly deserved! Rest In Peace Champ
- lew jenkins
 Added: Jul. 18, 2010
its all for love. L.O.V.E.
- Amy Wolfe
 Added: Jun. 10, 2010

- Woman Of Virtue
 Added: Jun. 10, 2010

- Stacey
 Added: Jun. 10, 2010

- Cathy
 Added: Jun. 10, 2010

- Happy Heavenly Birthday Dearest Angel~Rhonda Sue
 Added: Mar. 31, 2010

- Doe✰Gurl
 Added: Mar. 31, 2010

- purple-lady
 Added: Mar. 31, 2010
Happy 132nd birthday!
- Talbot Fisher
 Added: Mar. 31, 2010

- Monty
 Added: Mar. 31, 2010

- Kenneth
 Added: Mar. 31, 2010

- Jackie Howard
 Added: Mar. 31, 2010

- Seagull
 Added: Mar. 31, 2010

- Cathy
 Added: Mar. 31, 2010

- Åke Frisk
 Added: Mar. 31, 2010
Happy Birthday
- Mike Caldwell
 Added: Mar. 31, 2010

- James Snow
 Added: Mar. 31, 2010
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