Re: Did jack Johnson drew a color line himself?
The colour line was a handy excuse that meant the world champion didn't have to take on his #1 challenger if that #1 challenger was black. Sullivan used it. Jeffries to a lesser degree. Johnson. Then Dempsey.
Johnson didn't fight "for the black man's right to fight for the title." He was a ****ing badass, not some crusader. He knew when he started to slip that Langford might have beaten him so he took the better money to beat up lower class white opponents.
Wills was never a viable contender to his title though.