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Donald Trump Considering Posthumous Pardon to Boxer Jack Johnson

Donald Trump Considering Posthumous Pardon to Boxer Jack Johnson

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President Donald Trump said he is considering a full pardon for boxing star Jack Johnson, who died in 1946.

Trump tweeted the following on Saturday:

According to Jennifer Hansler of CNN.com, Johnson "was convicted in 1913 under the Mann Act for taking his white girlfriend across state lines for 'immoral' purposes.

The Mann Act purported to prevent human trafficking for the purpose of prostitution, but critics have argued it was applied inconsistently to criminalize African Americans and those with dissenting political views."

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