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Friday, May 25, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday issued a posthumous pardon to boxer Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight champion who was jailed a century ago after having a relationship with a white woman.

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Pardoning Jack Johnson was way over due.

#1 | Posted by ABH at 2018-05-24 02:35 PM | Reply

Real helpful to a dead man.

#2 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-05-24 03:00 PM | Reply

Thanks Obama.

#3 | Posted by sentinel at 2018-05-24 03:19 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Has anyone told Donald that Jack Johnson was Black?

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2018-05-24 03:37 PM | Reply

I think Frederick Douglass told him.

#5 | Posted by sentinel at 2018-05-24 03:52 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Obama's didn't pardon Jack Johnson because:

1) obviously he hates black people
2) he probably thought Jack Johnson was the banana pancakes guy.

#6 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-05-24 04:07 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Flint still doesn't have clean water.

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-05-24 04:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Good Job Donald. Finally something okay.

#8 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-05-25 12:06 PM | Reply

Considering what Trump says he does to women and what women say he's done to them this is even more damaging to Johnson's fading legacy.

I'd rather do time for obviously false charges than be forever linked to Trump.

#9 | Posted by Tor at 2018-05-25 01:08 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

But while alive, you made his life a living hell. Congratulations.

#10 | Posted by fresno500 at 2018-05-25 01:23 PM | Reply

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Who is the "you"?

#11 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2018-05-25 01:27 PM | Reply

A good move to right a historic injustice. Here's hoping it is the first of many.

#12 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2018-05-25 01:47 PM | Reply

Has anyone told Donald that Jack Johnson was Black?

#4 | Posted by Zed

Race batter!!!!!!!!!!!! what is it to you?

#13 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-05-25 01:59 PM | Reply

Race batter??

Is that how you make racist pancakes?

#14 | Posted by truthhurts at 2018-05-25 02:01 PM | Reply | Funny: 3

Race batter??
Is that how you make racist pancakes?
#14 | POSTED BY TRUTHHURTS

I think he was talking about Rice Batter, you know, for crispy dosas.

#15 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-05-25 03:09 PM | Reply

He probably meant baby batter.

It's that white stuff he keeps siphoning out of Donnie.

#16 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-05-25 03:11 PM | Reply

How come the first black president didn't do this? Was he too busy stopping the oceans from rising?

#17 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-05-25 03:25 PM | Reply

How come the first black president didn't do this? Was he too busy stopping the oceans from rising?

#17 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

The irony here is incredible. You've just praised Trump for doing something that changes nothing while chided Obama for allegedly focusing on something serious with earth changing consequences...

#18 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-05-25 03:29 PM | Reply

#18 | POSTED BY SYCOPHANT

Well, race is involved. So how did you expect NULLI to respond?

Poignantly?

#19 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-05-25 03:31 PM | Reply

"How come the first black president didn't do this? Was he too busy stopping the oceans from rising?"

Here's the reason:

Trump pointed out that his predecessor, Barack Obama, failed to grant the pardon. Obama previously cited Johnson's involvement in domestic violence for allowing the conviction to stand.

www.latimes.com

His conviction was a glaring miscarriage of justice and many, notably Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and filmmaker Ken Burns, have championed Johnson's cause and pushed for a pardon. Congress passed a resolution in 2015 calling for Johnson's pardon, but President Obama didn't sign it.

Eric Holder, who was President Obama's attorney general from 2009 through 2015, told WPIX in New York in 2016 that allegations of domestic violence against Johnson made him difficult to pardon.

"Jack Johnson no question was convicted unfairly," Holder told WPIX. "That might be a historical injustice that might need to be rethought."

But Holder then brought up the domestic violence issue, noting, "There are on the other side countervailing concerns about the way [Johnson] treated women, physically treated women. So all of this has to be balanced before this president or his successor would make a determination that a pardon is appropriate."

sports.yahoo.com

#20 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-05-25 03:42 PM | Reply

"The campaign for it had been complicated in part by allegations that Johnson had a history of domestic violence, as historians have chronicled. It was one reason the Obama administration cited for not granting a pardon."

www.nytimes.com

No surprise that Trump wouldn't think domestic violence is a big deal. Remember Rob Porter?:

White House staffer Rob Porter resigns amid abuse allegations

www.usatoday.com

#21 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-05-25 03:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

How come the first black president didn't do this? Was he too busy stopping the oceans from rising?

#17 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN AT 2018-05-25 03:25 PM | FLAG:

Delete your account, you worthless goose stepping troll.

#22 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2018-05-25 03:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Flint still doesn't have clean water.

#7 | POSTED BY SNOOFY AT 2018-05-24 04:24 PM

Deflection noted, why don't you send Flint's mayor an email to help her out:

Mayor Dr. Karen Weaver
The Mayor's Office is located in the Flint Municipal Center (City Hall)
1101 S. Saginaw St.
Phone: (810)766-7346
E-mail:
mayor@cityofflint.com

#23 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-05-25 04:23 PM | Reply

Has Trump recanted or apologized for his garbage about the "Central Park 5?"

#24 | Posted by YAV at 2018-05-25 04:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

How come the first black president didn't do this?

Because it's a meaningless platitude.

Why doesn't Trump officially apologize for championing birtherisim?

#25 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-05-25 05:48 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Trump May Pardon Boxer Jack Johnson, Jailed During Jim Crow
www.drudge.com

Just the idea that a black guy get's railroaded and jailed for dating white women is shameful and disgraceful -- and many blacks were lynched in America for supposedly whistling at a white women (see Emmmett Till). These things were SUPPOSED to be settled in 1865 ...

Clownshack is 100% right in saying that if Trump was sincere about correcting the record regarding Jack Johnson, then Trump needs to apologize for championing birtherism.

#26 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-05-25 06:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Deflection noted"

Pardoning a dead black guy is indeed a deflection from the problems blacks face today.

Tossing the blacks a bone is another way to describe it, if that's more to your liking.

#27 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-05-25 09:21 PM | Reply

And then there's all the stuff Pinch mentioned which shows this to be a very hobllow gesture.

#28 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-05-25 09:22 PM | Reply

#27

If a retort ever needed a LAME flag, this was it.

#29 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-05-25 09:26 PM | Reply

If a posthumous pardon ever needed a LAME flag, this is it.

^
Fixed, guvna!

#30 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-05-25 09:30 PM | Reply

The campaign for it had been complicated in part by allegations that Johnson had a history of domestic violence, as historians have chronicled.

The orange diaper sniper sees violence against women as a positive. Johnson would've received a posthumous Presidential Medal Of Freedom from the dotard if it had been revealed that he raped 13 year old girls and wanted to pork his own daughter.

#31 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2018-05-26 09:57 AM | Reply

Jesus. I didn't vote for the guy and I wouldn't tomorrow... But give the got credit where it's due. This was a good thing..... He gives plenty of reasons to actually be critical of him, this isn't one of those times. Criticizing this makes you sound more than slightly unhinged.

The allegations of spousal abuse are allegations. He was never convicted. He was convicted under a horrific and embarrassing law. Pardoning that conviction deserves praise.

#32 | Posted by ABH at 2018-05-26 03:16 PM | Reply

---- Trump.

#33 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-05-26 05:31 PM | Reply

"Flint still doesn't have clean water.
#7 | POSTED BY SNOOFY"

this is a thread about Trump pardoning a boxer you Twit.
#29 | POSTED BY DONNERBOY

#34 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2018-05-27 07:35 AM | Reply

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