After his defeat in 1915, white champion boxers refused to fight a Black man until 1936 when Joe Louis defeated Jimmy Braddock to become boxing's world champion.To mask the real fear of loss to Black competitors in sports and elsewhere, the white population fabricated a number of myths about Black people, claiming Blacks suffered from low intelligence, criminal tendencies, and inferior physicality.Jack Johnson was the first documented Athlete to run out and get himself a white girl.In early July of 1912 Jack Johnson heavy weight champion of the world was charged with taking Lucille Cameron, his 3rd white wife, across state lines for “immoral purposes,” a violation of the Mann white slavery act. In the United States since World War II, the world of sport has undergone dramatic changes.
Only today are they beginning to gain their rightful place in sport's Hall of Fame. That competition continues to this day, with the profound irony that in some quarters the Black athlete is now seen as "saving" baseball1.* In the pre-World War II years, the Black athlete was restricted from competition in all the professional sports.Only in the Olympics, because of its international nature, were Black athletes allowed to compete unrestricted.This situation reversed the mores of the later 19th and early 20th centuries, where in football, basketball, and horse racing, for example, black and white athletes competed against each other.“The black man is better accepted as a partner when he has superior status than his white wife, which serves to “compensate” (for) the difference between the two.” – Thales de Azevedo, Brazilian professor/researcher in Democracia racial: ideologia e realidade, 1975 Continuing with our theme for the next few days, black men/white women interracial relationships in Brazil, this article is very revealing about how this type of relationship functions in Brazil.Although recent reports show that Afro-Brazilians have been experiencing major ascension into Brazil’s middle class in the past decade, traditionally, soccer and music have been the only ways that black men in Brazil have been able to attain wealth, fame and prestige.