Friday, August 6, 2010

Friday 56

Here's another Friday meme to keep me from having to think up real post ideas for the day.

The Friday 56 idea came to me from My Reader's Block
The Rules:
*Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find the fifth sentence.
*Post that sentence (plus one or two other if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments below.
*Post a link along with your post back to this blog.
*Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the nearest

This is from What's My Name, Fool?: Sports and Resistance in the United States by Dave Zirin
The "Johnson backlash" meant that it would be twenty years before the rise of another Black heavyweight champ -- "The Brown Bomber," Joe Louis.  Louis was quiet where Johnson had been outspoken.  An all-white management team handled Louis very carefully, and had a set of rules he had to follow, including, "never be photographed with a white woman, never go to a club by yourself, and never speak unless spoken to."
To give a little bit of context, the "Johnson backlash" mentioned above refers to Jack Johnson, the first Black heavyweight boxing champion.