633,000 jobs lost last month under the Obama economy.

A $3.6 trillion budget to be debated.

A national debt of $10.9 trillion.

Bailouts, bankruptcies, foreclosures, governmental takeovers of private institutions.

Our Republican leaders must be hard at work trying to figure out how to help this country, right?

So what’s the focus of Senator John McCain and Representative Peter King?

Pardoning black 1913 heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson.

Johnson was prosecuted under the Mann Act of 1910, a broad and at times unjustly interpreted act which was supposed to prohibited men having sex with underage women, banning the interstate transportation of females for “immoral purposes”.

In a travesty of racial injustice, it was used to prosecute Johnson, who had a white girlfriend, and slept with a white prostitute.

An unjust, racially motivated use of the act, for sure.

However, you would think there to be other, more terrible acts of racism on which to focus one’s attention in a historical aspect that could and have been addressed.

It is one thing to note and acknowledge aspects of an unjust history. It is quite another to dote on it.

Representative King, on Fox News proclaimed this to be a “cloud” over America.

He said “the moment has come with Obama,” as the first black president to pardon Jack Johnson.

“It speaks to our country,” King said, that the “symbolism is there”, presumably to show the world some atonement for this act of racism.

This is what our Republican “leaders” are devoting their time to? Fixating on a century-old injustice while all hell breaks loose around us?

Is this an attempt to gain some credibility with the black population? Do these two “leaders” think this is going to mean anything or do anything to change the perception or popularity of the Republican party in the eyes of minorities, as so many have suggested they ought to do for the party’s survival?

I don’t know if Senator McCain realizes it, but he just got trounced by a black man in the presidential race.

I can think of no more “symbolic” picture as a young black man beating an old white man for President of the United States.

That this is what these two men are focusing on at this pivotal juncture in our nation’s history is the true injustice, and they should be ashamed of themselves.


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