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Old 11-19-2012, 02:09 PM   #33
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Default Re: Did Louis Draw The Color Line Line Johnson

Mcvey....great post and historically accurate. In defense of Jeffries however it was expected that he would not defend his title against a black man. It was the American tradition (for the lack of a better term) for hwt champions not to allow the hwt championship to fall into the hands of a back challenger. Lots of implications in the racist world of the early 20th century if a black were to be called the man who can beat all others in the world. It took Burns, a Canadian, to finally give Johnson a shot in 1908 but he went against the white majority who begged and threatened him not to do so. On the other side of the coin, as already mentioned, there was a tide of progressive thought that was pushing heavily for Johnson to get a title shot but the old guard stood firm.
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