“I don’t know what he had…who talked to him. I’m bold, but he was crazy.”
– Muhammad Ali
Here’s a quick tale on “The Galveston Giant”, the one and only Jack Johnson. The first Black heavyweight champ.
He’s still one of the greatest heavyweights ever (especially his defense) and he truly didn’t give a f*ck about what White people thought of him — and this was in the early 1900s!
He defeated many “great white hopes”. Race riots were caused after one of his victories. White America couldn’t beat him, so they used the law on him. He was wrongly jailed & exiled for messing with white women. He finished his career (and life) quietly.
He was basically the original Muhammad Ali…50+ years before.
Enjoy the above clip!
(By the way, there’s a new HBO series of Johnson coming, played by Mahershala Ali)