GOP Looking For ‘Great White Hope… to beat ‘The Original Johnson’?
The Topeka Capitol-Journal reports that freshman Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) told a town hall meeting
a week ago that the GOP still had to find a “great white
hope” capable of thwarting the political agenda endorsed by Democrats
who control Congress and President Barack Obama.
“Republicans are struggling right now to find the great white hope,”
Jenkins said to the crowd. “I suggest to any of you who are concerned
about that, who are Republican, there are some great young Republican
minds in Washington.” And yes, there’s videotape.
The phrase “great white hope” is frequently tied to racist attitudes when Jack Johnson became the first black heavyweight champion of the world. Reaction to the first black man to
reign as champion was intense enough to build support for a campaign to
find a white fighter capable of reclaiming the title from Johnson.
If you’d like to read more about Johnson’s life, we highly recommend The Original Johnson here on ComicMix.