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“I'm Jack Johnson. Heavyweight champion of the world. I'm black. They never let me forget it. I'm black all right! I'll never let them forget it!” This quote, coming from the famous and sometimes notorious Jack Johnson, is a statement that symbolizes the race relations that occurred throughout his lifetime. The period of history in which Jack Johnson lived held the white stance of superiority over the believed inferior black man. Prejudice and negative views against individuals who were non-white were more than common. Unfortunately for him, the prosperity that he encountered coupled with the way he acted was something that was more than taboo by many of the races standards. This relationship between, and even among, the different ethnic groups had disadvantaged individuals throughout the United States’ past. In the case of Jack Johnson, depicted in the movie The Great White Hope , he was prejudiced against by not only the white race, but also his own race alike. Through it all, Jack Johnson is and was an influential black man who retains an important place in our country’s history. In order to begin speaking on the topic of this great legend, it is important to begin by grasping some concept of his early days. As a child, Johnson was involved with the rough and rowdy youth. His early days as the proclaimed “street champion” began by
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This note was uploaded on 11/23/2008 for the course IDIS 371F taught by Professor Brooks during the Spring '08 term at Purdue University-West Lafayette.

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