Republican Rep. Jenkins sent a Resolution urging President Obama to grant a pardon to boxer Jack Johnson of "Great White Hope" fame. Claims it was an accident. She said she didn't read it before she signed it!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
A spokeswoman for Kansas' 2nd District Rep. Lynn Jenkins said the congresswoman didn't read a resolution she supported urging a pardon for boxer Jack Johnson. The resolution urging President Barack Obama to pardon Johnson contained the phrase "great white hope." Jenkins, a Republican, caused a stir when she used the phrase during a gathering in August in Kansas.
The phrase "great white hope" often is associated with pre-civil rights-era racism. It is widely believed to have become popular in the U.S. when Johnson, who was black, captured the heavyweight title in the early 1900s.
Many whites reacted to Johnson's achievement by trying to find white fighters -- or a "great white hope" -- who could beat him.