The boxing film that was banned around the world

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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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anonymous person
anonymous person 5 घंटे पहले
god this makes me want to throw up
Ralph दिन पहले
Its ironic today because there is currently a white heavyweight champion and it is spurring a lot of reverse racism. History repeats itself because of human nature. Everyone wants to be special. Everyone is, but no more special than any other people. The sooner people realize that and humble themselves, the sooner the world would get better.
CHRXMOUSE दिन पहले
So America has always been sensitive about race, sensitive enough to murder several different communities because of it.
BACKYARDsky दिन पहले
Ugh Put it to rest We all been mis-treated
Doctor Onishi's Psychosis Lab
Doctor Onishi's Psychosis Lab दिन पहले
Do a video on Jesse Owens ^^
Ahmed Super
Ahmed Super 2 दिन पहले
Dave chapelle taught me alot of things through his comedy . I didn't know about this great boxer thanks to Dave
Simisani Moyo
Simisani Moyo 2 दिन पहले
And they have no shame
Jay Juggernaut
Jay Juggernaut 3 दिन पहले
Let's not forget that Obama had the opportunity to pardon Jack Johnson, but decided not to. Jack Johnson was pardoned by Trump, a white supremacist. The irony.
Mark Gibson
Mark Gibson 3 दिन पहले
i hate white people but im white :/
a z
a z 3 दिन पहले
// white supremacy...// Just prior to WWI and WWII which left global white supremacy in tatters as ALL the European empires self-destructed
Gary Prather
Gary Prather 3 दिन पहले
This is what the Democrats and Media are doing against Republicans. Censorship! This was done because of Race then. Now it is done because of political views!
mahina1963 4 दिन पहले
Barack Obama won the presidency, and a day after his inauguration, the "Tea Party" was the white racists, burning to take the office back from a black man. It's going on, again and again. So pointless, so wasteful, so many scared white folk wanting their monopoly back.
varun m
varun m 4 दिन पहले
Jack johnson ❤
Luther Hendricks
Luther Hendricks 4 दिन पहले
Great vid. Thx.
Einstien2409 4 दिन पहले
Imagine he went back and said "They cant win it so are turning to the innocent people, Ill retire so they can have it and stop this violence". ultimate show of disrespect
TheSpoonKing 4 दिन पहले
Literally a story about the media establishment fanning the flames of a race conflict being used to fan the flames of race conflict...
Joshua Fabia
Joshua Fabia 4 दिन पहले
The term 'racist' is racist, race is an old term claiming that we are all so different. Unfortunately it's a common theme in humanity, even different tribes see others as different and often inferior.
SevenDeMagnus 5 दिन पहले
Hehe, hadn't changed, that much.
m s
m s 6 दिन पहले
Men are so funny. No matter of their skin colour.
nvm nvm
nvm nvm 6 दिन पहले
Meritocracy in America is a gigantic joke. What are white supremacist so afraid of 🤦‍♀️ oh yeah their own mediocrity.
Marcus Lasarus
Marcus Lasarus दिन पहले
ooogey boogery
Dr. Nasir Nabi
Dr. Nasir Nabi 7 दिन पहले
Reminds me his student, Mohammad Ali. Love for all black athletes.
Tamara Laber
Tamara Laber 7 दिन पहले
I just learned that I'm related to Jim Jeffries. It makes me happy that Johnson put Jeffries in his place. It's heartbreaking to learn about the horrific aftermath of that fight.
Happines With less S
Happines With less S 7 दिन पहले
Abraham lincoln abolished slavery but died before abolishing racism.
Justa Youtuber
Justa Youtuber 8 दिन पहले
Racism in sports still happens today. Colin Kaepernick was a victim.
Jose Rodriguez
Jose Rodriguez 9 दिन पहले
It is a good thing we got past such history in the 1960s.
Antonio Hernandez
Antonio Hernandez 10 दिन पहले
They probably used race riots as an excuse not to have it in the first place
Bill T
Bill T 10 दिन पहले
I went through the Vox videos trying to find one not on racism. 'ooh boxing!' i thought naively ...
Bill T
Bill T 2 दिन पहले
@kiaan davids The same could be said for your complaint about my comment
kiaan davids
kiaan davids 4 दिन पहले
alternatively, you could stop watching the channel so you don’t have to complain constantly!
D NOTE 10 दिन पहले
They need to make a movie about his life
Altai Gravitas
Altai Gravitas 10 दिन पहले
Thank you for this video. Now I will add Jack Johnson to this group: Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson and Joe Louis. These are greatest boxers that I know.
Outback Billy
Outback Billy 11 दिन पहले
This is very sad among an endless string of sad things I hear and see makes me ashamed of my color book by its cover history stutters thank you for this report
Peter Green
Peter Green 11 दिन पहले
Its AMUSING to see Jack Jackson still hurts the racists TODAY. HA HA.
Rasheed 12th
Rasheed 12th 11 दिन पहले
Instead of just letting to men compete. They make a racist circus.
6400loser 12 दिन पहले
"it's Jack Johnson isn't it." "Yeaaaaah it's Jack Johnson"
Sun Shine
Sun Shine 12 दिन पहले
What true legend Jack Johnson wow
Tyson Lee
Tyson Lee 12 दिन पहले
Credit needs to be given to Tommy burns... True warriors know dodging people leaves a stain on your self respect and Tommy must have known this because he could have easily denied Jack the title shot but gave it to him
Brocken Nation
Brocken Nation 12 दिन पहले
White man lives with a fear and ego Black people are very strong
hilariousname 5 दिन पहले
Some are; some aren't.
Rana Banik
Rana Banik 13 दिन पहले
It is actually fun to see racists' supremacy hubris getting knocked down again and again.
It's all because racism
Kgabo Thamaga
Kgabo Thamaga 13 दिन पहले
We need a Hollywood film about Jack Johnson.It's long overdue.
zahid ahmadzai
zahid ahmadzai 13 दिन पहले
It is so satisfying to watch Jack Johnson's old videos where he is knocking out these white supremacists.
Bull Itbill
Bull Itbill 13 दिन पहले
“In the 15th round” Jesus is this to the death
matthewjames 14 दिन पहले
he was strong yes but look at whites he fought all first time boxers and boxing was and still is fixed they build it up he beat everyone then last match he lost all about $$$$$ back then and today even ali was fixed with the mobb
nosajleb 15 दिन पहले
“We eat cold eels and think distant thoughts”.
hydrolito 15 दिन पहले
Japan and China were two of most powerful countries in the world back then.
Vibe City 代違ピ
Vibe City 代違ピ 11 दिन पहले
first, no. Second, how is that relevant?
Nile Miller
Nile Miller 16 दिन पहले
The real reason Anthony Joshua Vs Tyson Fury is such a big deal 👌
Lachsbrot 16 दिन पहले
I dont Understand this Term "Race". Why is it even still used today in the US. In Germany but also in Europe you are Seen as a rascist If you assign a human to a Race.
Aten Ra Akhu
Aten Ra Akhu 16 दिन पहले
To Bad for the White Man, from that moment on, Black Fighters had Dominate the Heavyweights to the Present. Racism is a Desese of the Soul.
somniumisdreaming 16 दिन पहले
America lead the world in anti black racism, still does.
Gabriel Lima
Gabriel Lima 16 दिन पहले
Looks like conservative racists started Cancel Culture
Arin Acharya
Arin Acharya 16 दिन पहले
Why is there not a movie about this?
Jaystarz2000 gaming
Jaystarz2000 gaming 17 दिन पहले
Just let it be war there is no such thing as crime just attack the world for the leaders are the enemies that there shall not be such thing as laws and rules.
Dex Troy
Dex Troy 18 दिन पहले
Weak whiteman
Robert jay Somera
Robert jay Somera 18 दिन पहले
Asian lives matter
Naidu VGA
Naidu VGA 18 दिन पहले
jack started a revolution. ali highly personified it. mike ended it. art n skill of boxing is dead. just fight boys, fight
afro 1
afro 1 18 दिन पहले
The Great White Nope .... 😬
Dave Daish
Dave Daish 19 दिन पहले
The media drives racism. When will people realise this 🤔
Dan Michael Abad
Dan Michael Abad 19 दिन पहले
THE BEST BOXING MARKETING EVER. giving excitement with only radio boxes
Retro Demos
Retro Demos 19 दिन पहले
Fight Night should have a retro mode
YoungSunTzu 19 दिन पहले
Smh they were big mad
Marc Native
Marc Native 19 दिन पहले
hahahah still happening today...cant handle being out done by another race...they say he was forgotten...but thats by nobodies , you ask people who matter and they all remember him.
Dave Man
Dave Man 19 दिन पहले
So wait a minute, a physical fight, between a black man and a white man, will define who is racially superior? But if the black man wins the fight, everyone will deny it. 🤔
Dewa Putra
Dewa Putra 18 दिन पहले
That like how white racist karen stereotype
Svitojus 20 दिन पहले
Wow. This is important in current narrative. Thanks Vox.
Spectre 21 दिन पहले
*It really shocks me when I saw Muhammad Ali on last part of vid. RIP The Greatest*
The South East Londoner
The South East Londoner 21 दिन पहले
Love this! This is an amazing video.
Fernando Ramoa
Fernando Ramoa 21 दिन पहले
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
Dewa Putra
Dewa Putra 18 दिन पहले
Red summer?
Liheng Wang
Liheng Wang 22 दिन पहले
come on just fight, don't see color, both sides shouldn't riot, well i guess was diff before
Will Hatfield
Will Hatfield 22 दिन पहले
I won’t let some “Uppity” Hispanic woman tell me what’s what! Uhh huh won’t happen!
WGO* JoeStalin
WGO* JoeStalin 22 दिन पहले
White superiority ? Sounds like they were more insecure than anything. Alot of them are still insecure. 🙄
Puanthanh Gangmei
Puanthanh Gangmei 22 दिन पहले
What a funny country. Nothing has change.
Tadeo 22 दिन पहले
Of course it was about racism!
iamSandhu 22 दिन पहले
Cas 22 दिन पहले
Expects normal video greeted with incident 1,233,373,736,999,776 of white people being racist unprovoked
mostov ndiaye
mostov ndiaye 22 दिन पहले
🤣🤣🤣 police stepping inside the ring what a time to be alive
Benjamin Munlui
Benjamin Munlui 23 दिन पहले
this will make a great movie
michael Green Sr
michael Green Sr 23 दिन पहले
For the ✊🏾 Spirit 🕊️ of George Floyd 🌍🤛🏾
Vivek Ramarathnam
Vivek Ramarathnam 23 दिन पहले
I am a human first ......... No racial demon can put me down ... Did you get that ... Demonic entities
ty boogie
ty boogie 23 दिन पहले
luis lloret
luis lloret 23 दिन पहले
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
LaDonna Washington
LaDonna Washington 24 दिन पहले
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.
Obeahman 24 दिन पहले
For real? Congress getting in on the act, banning pictures. This fear that grips the soul of the white man!
R A V E N 25 दिन पहले
"july 4th - Independence day" feels made up smh
On Sight
On Sight 25 दिन पहले
someone should make a movie on it
Quintin R.
Quintin R. 25 दिन पहले
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.
AliEvaMari 25 दिन पहले
White folks tend to try to erase black folks' achievements. 🤔
Radhakant Tiwadi
Radhakant Tiwadi 25 दिन पहले
Imagine how shity mindset was USA
Jean Bakunzi
Jean Bakunzi 25 दिन पहले
I love this... History
Jean Bakunzi
Jean Bakunzi 25 दिन पहले
Race doen't matter. Love one an other. No one choose to be born in certain community. God is the master of all.
Alif Rasyad
Alif Rasyad 16 दिन पहले
Love is the answer❤️
N Montenegro
N Montenegro 25 दिन पहले
Miles Davis did a marvelous rendition to this man. What a genius he was!
Zainulabedin Patel
Zainulabedin Patel 26 दिन पहले
White were unable to digest the black supremacy in boxing .
fireboy 303
fireboy 303 26 दिन पहले
5:02 too bad ali and Frazier took that title
fireboy 303
fireboy 303 26 दिन पहले
5:02 too bad ali and Frazier took that title
Prop B
Prop B 26 दिन पहले
This white chick really loves telling this story doesn't she🤔🤨
Richie Macmero
Richie Macmero 26 दिन पहले
The media did have a field day with their titles!!
G-low Goose
G-low Goose 26 दिन पहले
Been on this
Sekai ii
Sekai ii 26 दिन पहले
Francis Ngannou 🇨🇲
Ifeanyi Mbaogu
Ifeanyi Mbaogu 26 दिन पहले
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.
hilariousname 5 दिन पहले
Are you trying to talk sense, or something? We're all supposed to be calling each other names!
Traktorochskit 26 दिन पहले
OH, White people, why are you so scared?
Ninja Mbita
Ninja Mbita 26 दिन पहले
Read Unforgivable Blackness !
S E 26 दिन पहले
Lol this country is sumn else man
TUCO 27 दिन पहले
weak people always aim for racism .
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