Johnson resurfaced in a news final month when President Trump tweeted that he would cruise pardoning Johnson, who was convicted on sovereign charges of transporting a lady opposite state lines “for incorrigible purposes.” Johnson, who served a year in prison, had been a partner of that woman, Belle Schreiber, who was white and had worked as a prostitute.
President Trump announced the pardon on Thursday.
The debate for it had been difficult in partial by allegations that Johnson had a story of domestic violence, as historians have chronicled. It was one reason a Obama administration cited for not extenuation a pardon.
In scheming articles on a president’s intentions, we examined a coverage of Johnson from his era, and were struck by how The Times, like many newspapers then, seemed to combat with his celebrity and race.
As Johnson’s pell-mell life unfolded, The Times mostly lonesome it extensively, though time and stretch now concede for a recognition, clearly preoccupied to a writers during a time, of a secular overtones around many of a troubles he faced.
Often, central military accounts of his run-ins with a law were simply parroted but any probing or deeper research of what truly had happened. This arrange of blind faith in a military version, standard of a day, was quite deleterious to people like Johnson. He was a obvious black contestant who, during a time when secular passion and lynchings were widespread, was brash, taunted his opponents, antiquated white women and plainly enjoyed a luxuries of his wealth.
Today, people still seem to onslaught with black athletes who are outspoken. So while a oppressive and infrequently extremist tinge of a coverage came as no surprise, it was differing still.