'It's about time': President Trump pa...

'It's about time': President Trump pardons late boxer Jack Johnson

There are 113 comments on the KCWY13 story from May 24, 2018, titled 'It's about time': President Trump pardons late boxer Jack Johnson. In it, KCWY13 reports that:

President Donald Trump on Thursday granted a rare posthumous pardon to boxing's first black heavyweight champion, clearing Jack Johnson's name more than 100 years after what many see as his racially-charged conviction. "I am taking this very righteous step, I believe, to correct a wrong that occurred in our history and to honor a truly legendary boxing champion," Trump said during an Oval Office ceremony.

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#1 May 24, 2018
Trump seems to think that pardoning Jack Johnson will win him points with black Americans.
What a degrading insult to black people! If pardoning Johnson had no political motive, that would be okay.

Trump would pardon Adolph Hitler, but he already has the Nazi vote.

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Roswell, GA

#2 May 24, 2018
Lawrence Wolf wrote:
Trump seems to think that pardoning Jack Johnson will win him points with black Americans.
What a degrading insult to black people! If pardoning Johnson had no political motive, that would be okay.

Trump would pardon Adolph Hitler, but he already has the Nazi vote.
maybe he should pardon Cassius Clay, wasn't he a draft dodger?
Spocko

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#3 May 24, 2018
I'll be damned, I agree with the mental midget in the WH ... way to go Donald!

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#4 May 24, 2018
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maybe he should pardon Cassius Clay, wasn't he a draft dodger?
"Conscientious objector".

He didn't see the North Vietnamese as his enemy.
You can't pardon someone who hasn't been convicted of anything. Clay (his slave name) was initially convicted for refusing to report for induction, but that conviction was soon overturned. So Trump couldn't pardon someone who was no longer convicted of a crime.

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#5 May 24, 2018
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I'll be damned, I agree with the mental midget in the WH ... way to go Donald!
Trump's pardoning of Johnson was not an innocent act of kindness, something of which Trump is incapable. He was cynically courting the black vote. I hope it blows up in his ugly face.
Kilroy

Edison, NJ

#6 May 24, 2018

You would think that he setting something up here. I can pardon someone who is no longer alive (died 72 years ago) and since I really like these pardoning powers, I can pardon anyone.

Sure it may help someone get out of jail but that person's reputation is ruined. So I guess when he pardons, he has to include a job offer.

Trump is not going to get the black vote ( yes there were a few who voted for him) after seeing him in action this should galvanize this voting block. I think even Omorosa will not vote for him again.

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#7 May 24, 2018
Lawrence Wolf wrote:
<quoted text>"Conscientious objector".

He didn't see the North Vietnamese as his enemy.
You can't pardon someone who hasn't been convicted of anything. Clay (his slave name) was initially convicted for refusing to report for induction, but that conviction was soon overturned. So Trump couldn't pardon someone who was no longer convicted of a crime.
he was a slave? how else do you get a slave name? Was Malcom X a slave too? were his parents named Mr. and Mrs. X?
fish and poi

Flint, MI

#10 May 24, 2018
Lawrence Wolf wrote:
<quoted text>Trump's pardoning of Johnson was not an innocent act of kindness, something of which Trump is incapable. He was cynically courting the black vote. I hope it blows up in his ugly face.
trump will win 40% of black vote by 2020 I wouldn't be surprised if half the black vote go w trump, democrats have nothing to offer but more misery for black community

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#11 May 24, 2018
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he was a slave? how else do you get a slave name? Was Malcom X a slave too? were his parents named Mr. and Mrs. X?
The name Clay came from his ancestors, who were slaves, who got that name from their slave owner.

If it were me, I wouldn't consider it my own name, and I'd want to change it to something I could identify with. In my case, I'd change it to Rudolph Valentino.

What is your point in mentioning Malcolm X?

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#12 May 24, 2018
inbred Genius wrote:
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he was a slave? how else do you get a slave name? Was Malcom X a slave too? were his parents named Mr. and Mrs. X?
For educational purposes only, Malcolm's last name was Little. But I fail to see how that relates to Muhammad Ali.

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#13 May 24, 2018
Lawrence Wolf wrote:
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The name Clay came from his ancestors, who were slaves, who got that name from their slave owner.

If it were me, I wouldn't consider it my own name, and I'd want to change it to something I could identify with. In my case, I'd change it to Rudolph Valentino.

What is your point in mentioning Malcolm X?
sometimes illiterates are expected to sign their name as an X. maybe he was one of those? or his parents, mr and mrs X

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#14 May 24, 2018
Lawrence Wolf wrote:
<quoted text>For educational purposes only, Malcolm's last name was Little. But I fail to see how that relates to Muhammad Ali.
they both changed their names, duh....that's the connection.

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#15 May 24, 2018
Lawrence Wolf wrote:
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The name Clay came from his ancestors, who were slaves, who got that name from their slave owner.

If it were me, I wouldn't consider it my own name, and I'd want to change it to something I could identify with. In my case, I'd change it to Rudolph Valentino.

What is your point in mentioning Malcolm X?
my point was, they must not like their real name. John Wayne didn't like Marion Morrison, etc. If I changed my name, it would be to, Gaylord Ravenal.

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#16 May 24, 2018
inbred Genius wrote:
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they both changed their names, duh....that's the connection.
So did Donald Trump. Why didn't you mention him?

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#17 May 24, 2018
Lawrence Wolf wrote:
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The name Clay came from his ancestors, who were slaves, who got that name from their slave owner.

If it were me, I wouldn't consider it my own name, and I'd want to change it to something I could identify with. In my case, I'd change it to Rudolph Valentino.

What is your point in mentioning Malcolm X?
sounds like I touched a nerve...is Mr X a friend of yours or something? wasn't there a bedroom named after him in the obama white house?

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#18 May 24, 2018
besides, they were both honky haters...and so was Radio Raheem

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#19 May 24, 2018
inbred Genius wrote:
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sometimes illiterates are expected to sign their name as an X. maybe he was one of those? or his parents, mr and mrs X
Frankly, I don' know why Malcolm changed his name to "X", and I don't give a rat's patootie one way or the other.
So Malcolm's link to Cassius is that both were black guys who changed their names?

I'm really uncomfortable talking so much about race. I detest racism and I always will.

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#20 May 24, 2018
inbred Genius wrote:
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my point was, they must not like their real name. John Wayne didn't like Marion Morrison, etc. If I changed my name, it would be to, Gaylord Ravenal.
Hollywood changed Morrison's name, just as they did with all leading men and women. Leading actors had to be seen as WASPs only, even though virtually all the producers were Jewish. That's when they came up with names like Rock Bottom, Tab Collar, and Reince Prepuce.
That was also a time when being Jewish could keep you from getting certain kinds of jobs.
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#21 May 24, 2018
Lawrence Wolf wrote:
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I'm really uncomfortable talking so much about race. I detest racism and I always will.
That must be why you started by posting racist interpretations of other's deeds and continued your focus on race to a point of absurdity. Your ridiculous assumptions are almost as thorough as your hypocrisy. Finally, when your own racism and hypocrisy becomes so obvious even you get embarrassed, you act precisely like a child getting caught with his hand in a cookie jar.

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#22 May 24, 2018
inbred Genius wrote:
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sounds like I touched a nerve...is Mr X a friend of yours or something? wasn't there a bedroom named after him in the obama white house?
The nerve was a reaction to your naming two guys who changed their names, who happened to be of the black race. It is true that both these men converted to the Muslim faith. I have nothing positive to say about that since I am not a religion fan. I suppose they believed it was closer to their roots.(Please, no "Roots" jokes.)

I may have jumped the gun, but I am admittedly sensitive about issues of race.

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