President Donald Trump issued a posthumous pardon on Thursday to Jack Johnson, according to Reuters. Johnson, who died in 1946, was the first African-American heavyweight boxing champion.
During a ceremony at the White House, Trump said he believes Johnson deserved to be pardoned given he was charged for dating a white woman.
“I believe Jack Johnson is a worthy person to receive a pardon, to correct a wrong in our history,” Trump said in the Oval Office.
Trump was joined by Sylvester Stallone and Lennox Lewis, two former boxing legends who have been speaking about a pardon for Johnson for many years.
In April, Trump tweeted that he was considering a pardon for Johnson after having a conversation with Stallone. The president said he felt like Johnson’s career and life have been marred because of his “crime,” and that clearing his name will hopefully bring peace to his family.
In 1912, Johnson was arrested with his white girlfriend, who later became his wife, for violating the Mann Act — also known as the White-Slave Traffic Act.
This law made it a crime to take a woman across state lines for “immoral purposes.” Because he was black and she was white, racist lawmakers arrested and charged him under the Act.
He served 10 months in prison for what many have called racially motivated crime during the era of Jim Crow laws and segregation.
Here are a few photos and a video from the event in the Oval Office. Notice how joyous Stallone and many others look as Trump is righting a historic wrong.
The People’s President and the People’s Champ pic.twitter.com/4Fu2865z2s
— Jack Posobiec🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) May 24, 2018
With the heavyweight championship belt on the Resolute Desk, Pres Trump signed the posthumous pardon for Jack Johnson. "We righted a wrong," said @POTUS. "Jack Johnson was not treated fairly. And we have corrected that." pic.twitter.com/x5vBrSeOhO
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) May 24, 2018
— The Voice of America (@VOANews) May 24, 2018
"Congratulations," Pres. Trump tells Sylvester Stallone, former heavyweight boxer Lennox Lewis, and more as he signs pardon of Jack Johnson in the Oval Office.
— ABC News (@ABC) May 24, 2018
Amazing to see our “racist” president — as liberals and democrats claim — pardon the first black heavyweight champion.
More importantly, the Congressional Black Caucus has requested for years that Johnson be pardoned, and Obama, the first black president, refused to deliver.
Trump not only did the right thing, he rebuked abhorrent liberals who continue to peddle the “racist” lie abut the president.
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