Sunday, April 7, 2013

Does a Posthumous Pardon Really Served Any Purpose a Century Later After injustice Has Been Done?

By: Tomica Kipp
A team of activists, lawmakers and celebrities believes it does. Jack Johnson is the world’s first African- American boxing champion born to ex-slaves in Texas.
Jack Johnson courtesy of Wikipedia 
            Johnson’s career began at the height of the Jim Crow Era of segregation in the United States of America. A period when African-Americans weren’t allowed to attended the same schools as white and play sports with whites. In addition, Blacks and White weren’t allowed to consort.
            In 1912, Johnson was arrested with Lucille Cameron; a white woman who would later became his wife, for violating the Mann Act, a law that had passed two years earlier in response to morality. He was sentenced to a year and a day in prison.
            The petition to grant Johnson a posthumous pardon began nine years ago, Sen. John McCain said, “As we look back on our nation’s history, the Jack Johnson case is a shameful stain, apparent to all. Rectifying this injustice is long overdue.”
President George W. Bush didn’t grant a pardon and with the election of the first African American president, many are hopeful that he will get a pardon.
Johnson died in a car crash in North Carolina in 1946; he was 68- years old. It is unlikely that he will ever receive a pardon, because posthumous pardons are seldom issue and the Obama’s Administrations have refuse to comment on the issue.

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