The boxing film that was banned around the world

24. feb.. 2021
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In 1910, boxing heavyweight champion Jack Johnson defeated Jim Jeffries in the "Battle of the Century," and the nation erupted.
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On December 26, 1908, American boxer Jack Johnson became the first Black heavyweight champion of the world, after defeating defending champion Tommy Burns in a title fight in Sydney, Australia. Black fighters were typically denied the chance to win the heavyweight title, a de-facto line of segregation that was known as “the color line.” So when Burns accepted Johnson’s challenge and lost, the film that was distributed around the fight proved controversial.
The white boxing world set out to find a white heavyweight to beat Johnson and take back the title. That white fighter ended up being James Jeffries, a former heavyweight champion who had retired undefeated.
Their fight, hyped as the “Battle of the Century,” took place in Reno, Nevada, on July 4, 1910, in front of 20,000 mostly-white spectators and nine motion picture cameras. Throughout the nation, many thousands more listened to live telegram bulletins of each round. Johnson beat Jeffries easily, and, as a result, racist mob violence broke out across the country, and Black Americans celebrating Johnson’s win were attacked, and some were killed.
The film of the fight became notorious worldwide and was the most talked-about motion picture of its time. Johnson lost the heavyweight title in 1915 after successfully defending it eight times, but remained an inspiration for many fighters to come.
Further reading:
Fight Pictures: A History of Boxing and Early Cinema, by Dan Streible
Prizefighting and the Birth of Movie Censorship, by Barak Orbach
Jack Johnson, Rebel Sojourner: Boxing in the Shadow of the Global Color Line, by Theresa Runstedtler is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out​.
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  • Love this! This is an amazing video.

    The South East LondonerThe South East Londoner3 timer siden
  • take a minute to imagine how many black people as well as women went down unknown in history with huge contributions. How many to whom justice never came

    Fernando RamoaFernando Ramoa13 timer siden
  • come on just fight, don't see color, both sides shouldn't riot, well i guess was diff before

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  • I won’t let some “Uppity” Hispanic woman tell me what’s what! Uhh huh won’t happen!

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  • White superiority ? Sounds like they were more insecure than anything. Alot of them are still insecure. 🙄

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  • What a funny country. Nothing has change.

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  • Of course it was about racism!

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  • wow

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  • Expects normal video greeted with incident 1,233,373,736,999,776 of white people being racist unprovoked

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  • this will make a great movie

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  • I am a human first ......... No racial demon can put me down ... Did you get that ... Demonic entities

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  • Mad

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  • Johnson was a champion in the ring and outside the ring...I can't even begin to imagine what he had to go through in his personal life after winning twice...this man was a warrior

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  • PBS has a documentary about Jack Johnson that tells his story in great detail. It is a must see. Racism. Everything old is new again. Jack Johnson was a warrior.

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  • For real? Congress getting in on the act, banning pictures. This fear that grips the soul of the white man!

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  • "july 4th - Independence day" feels made up smh

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  • someone should make a movie on it

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  • And now just take a look at MLB Baseball -> black kids are pushed out for this very reason. White people do not want white men to have to compete fairly in this country. Nothing has changed in athletics in America.

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  • White folks tend to try to erase black folks' achievements. 🤔

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  • Imagine how shity mindset was USA

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  • I love this... History

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  • Race doen't matter. Love one an other. No one choose to be born in certain community. God is the master of all.

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  • Miles Davis did a marvelous rendition to this man. What a genius he was!

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  • White were unable to digest the black supremacy in boxing .

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  • 5:02 too bad ali and Frazier took that title

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  • 5:02 too bad ali and Frazier took that title

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  • This white chick really loves telling this story doesn't she🤔🤨

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  • The media did have a field day with their titles!!

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  • Been on this

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  • Francis Ngannou 🇨🇲

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  • You guys are busy killing yourself here over what happened some 100yrs back boxing greatness doesn't have anything to do with race people like jack are one of a kind I read about the dude some 10yrs back and someone in America is complaining about not knowing the story while am from Nigeria I guess it's Because I've always loved boxing as a kid and never had the opportunity. So people stop arguing and learn your history fellows.

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  • OH, White people, why are you so scared?

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  • Read Unforgivable Blackness !

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  • Lol this country is sumn else man

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  • weak people always aim for racism .

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  • Our place is from the begining, we are kings and queen of this earth and we are educated so no more whitewash of the truth, come fist to fist look at Mike yson, usian bolt, Olando Morage kings of the earth, knowledge is power

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  • It such a shame we still see such racism today.America great country but very very bad history

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  • Jim Jeffries.....The Great White HopeLESS......

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  • That motion picture is definitely 'moving'. Away from the ridiculous vanity that is hurt by it.

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  • Wait, why was a fight between a Canadian and an American fought in Australia? Why fight in a country was probably a month or two's voyage from both fighters homeland when one of them could have taken a day or some to drive to the others country?

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  • The original statement, " Down goes Frazier !! "

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  • I don't know why they ban that boxing match. Old Retired white boxer went up again young black boxer in is prime and lasted 15 rounds..

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  • It's only one human race

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  • The secret to Johnson’s success is his breakfast routine of banana pancakes

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  • Glad real history is still being circulated still

    Daniel CarterDaniel Carter8 dager siden
  • there is no such thing as white supremacy.! Hmmmpft#@#$*!^/##!!!!

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  • Lol the supreme race cant handle a lil sports defeat.

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  • Lol at the white fragility of the 19th century

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  • Why in the thumbnail it looks like the dude is fully naked only wearing a pair of boxing gloves & a long pair of socks.

    Trevon JonesTrevon Jones9 dager siden
  • Jack dempsey smashed Johnson’s face up badly not that long after

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    • they never met

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  • "He tooook our jawbs!! "

  • Imagine Tyson in his prime would be sent back in those days. He'd be punching out "champions" left and right. Ooof :)

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  • Is it true that Jack Johnson had 10 inch wrists?

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  • 💙

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  • Some of those trunks are quite short, huh? Lol.... I can see your cheeks!! 🎶

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  • They need to make a Netflix series about jack johnson

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  • Jack Johnson was more audacious than Muhammad Ali. No athlete has ever caused such a world stir as Jack Johnson.

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  • That is so awesome! Now I wanna catch this movie.

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  • Stuff you should learn in school

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  • Johnson was the One punch man of real life, powerful and yet everyone underestimated/hated him.

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  • Fitzsimmons at 3:03 went from 160 all the way to heavyweight and actually won the heavyweight title weighing 160 pounds. A black boxer by the name of Sam Langford went from 130 to heavyweight.

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  • Black guy: wins world title Racists: [Pikachu face] ('°○°`)! *You can't do that!*

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  • I never knew about this man, Mr. Jack Johnson everyone around the world will remember your name again, sir.

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  • President Trump pardoned him...

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  • He was a certified boyo he got that burns fight by stalking burns calling him out for a fight 😂😂

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  • Wow,the Vox featured "Boxing" pun intended

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  • He was the best fighter or boxer ever lived!!!

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  • Shameful

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  • Black is King ❤👏

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    • 🤣🤣🤣🤣

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  • I'd love to see a match between Jeff-Johnson and the great Muhammad Ali.

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  • Vox will slap a copyright claim on anyone who replays this without their permission. Racists!

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    • ?

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  • So...this thing called "great whyte hype" has been going on for centuries!!! Hmmm... how interesting!😉😂😂😂

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  • Jack lost to another white dude after that tho

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  • Underrated boxer, i never heard about him until now, i think they should make a new movie about him.

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    • They have

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    • It was Joe Gans 1st he fought 42 rounds, Then it Was Jack Johnson! Yeaaaaaaaa💯🙌🏾💪🏾✊🏾👏🏾🤙🏾😉❤

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  • Congratulations Champ

  • Who the f cares, Boxing isn't a real sport. It is a "promotion" .

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    • Please show me a sport that is not promoted.

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  • I despise racists and racism. Jack Johnson was the superior fighter for many years. To prove otherwise, all you had to do was to challenge and defeat him. No race was mentioned in my statement.

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  • The hatred runs so deep for black folks black people not even related to the Johnson-Jeffries fight were killed for it. It isn’t much different a century later.

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  • I am black...😂😂😂😂

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  • The police actually intervened in a major heavy weight fight because the white man was getting slaughtered in front of the world. I never knew that wow!!!

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  • Banned by who and who is ‘they?’ Schmucks

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    • @Shawn Patrick thats why it was banned in the us

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    • @Swapnil Iqbal The us Congress doesn’t control the world although they think they do

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    • Congress

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  • And when he did loose it had TOOK A DIVE FOR PAY

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  • I love Jack Johnson

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  • 100 years later......I'm white and never heard of him. I'm a musician.....can you imagine music without the influence of blacks.....or any other race for that matter....

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  • Anyone else see a parallel with Pacquiao vs Horn? How Horn won inspite of a beating. Although not black against white but generally any other race against them.

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  • Whites haven't changed that much have they? Why so petty why such envy? Why such hatred?

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  • Sorry what? 15th round? hahaha

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  • 2:49-2:58 😂 cause they know we win!

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  • "burns found a blagk master" what

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  • 100 years later in 2012 the first black president gets re-elected..........God bless Johnson

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  • It would have been Genocide had Obama won the elections in 1912

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  • They still cannot accept Raphael Warnock won and now they are changing electoral rules

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  • @

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  • The video is correct -- as soon as there were a string of black heavyweight champions, all notions of white supremacy have completely disappeared.... ooops

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  • Save yourself all the whitewashed drivel in this and simply go watch the documentary "Unforgivable Blackness : The Jack Johnson Story" narrated by Wesley Snipes.

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