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Trump’s Jack Johnson Pardon
When Trump pardoned Jack Johnson, the president seemed to be buying into the very strategy Johnson long felt would exonerate him: that his celebrity would help white Americans see him not as a black man, but as Jack Johnson, a champion who transcended race.
June 13, 2018
The Fighter’s Cruel Art
*The Fighter* might more accurately have been titled *The Fighter and His Family*: it’s a boisterous, brilliantly orchestrated ensemble piece at the paradoxically near-still center of which is an Irish-American boxer (Mark Wahlberg), whose once-promising career, like his grim hometown, Lowell, Massachusetts, is on what appears to be an inevitable downward spiral.
February 3, 2011
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