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[[image - collage of black and white photographs of faces of African-American actors, athletes, and others, text printed over photos]] In the first year of the third century. . . a peanut farmer from the deep south campaigned all over the land promising Blacks and other minorities that if they voted for him to become president. . . he would do something about relieving the great unemployment in the land, which affected all in general and Blacks in particular. And based on this and other promises Jimmy Carter the former Governor of Georgia made. . . Blacks gave him 94% of their total votes and provided the margin of his victory. But somewhere between November 4, his election date, and January 20th, his inauguration date. . . Jimmy Carter changed his priorities. Instead of unemployment relief (although the President did give jobs to about 10 top level Blacks and included one in his cabinet) the President gave a critique on the energy crisis; then left the country to talk about human rights. . . . Also during the first year of the third century. . . the boys on Jacobs beach (and this should date me) finally zeroed in on the heavyweight boxing title. It seems that Mike Burke and his Madison Square Garden Boxing division got Casius Clay or Mohamed Ali to sign to fight for them. Loquacious Mohamed, in order to do this had to dump Don King, a Black promoter, to fulfill this obligation; the same Don King who only broke several nations getting big purses for Mohamed, but that's the way it is in boxing on Jacobs beach. In order to survive King came up with a tournament of his own, and got ABC-TV to sponsor it. Last summer Mohamed almost lost the crown to Ken Norton in the Yankee Stadium. In order for Madison Square Garden to stage the fight on those hallowed grounds; (the refurbished Yankee Stadium for which the people of New York are still in hock). . . the Yankee management denied all promoters except the garden crowd, the use of their ball park. The reason they gave said a fight crowd would hurt the turf grass of the stadium. To make this long story short, we are now about to be subjected to what the white press is billing as a major boxing scandal involving Don King and his tournament. It seems the boys have rediscovered that Don King's (a former number banker, who did time in prison) tournament was built around some fighters with questionable records. These records however, were supplied King by Ring Magazine, the Bible of boxing. The boys also said that the New York State Boxing Commissioner had accepted some expenses from King for services rendered. King's actions are reprehensible on Mike Burkes' beach because boxing is being saved for the establishment. No outside promoter is to be allowed there now that whites are again recapturing the heavyweight boxing division. They named a candy bar for Reggie Jackson a superbly endowed super baseball star. They are also singing Jackson praises because Reggie was able to sell his services to the New York Yankees baseball club for 3 million bucks. In talking with Reggie, when he announced intent to work for the candy people, we learned that Reggie will help the community and his people by donating a portion of sales from the bar back into the community, and by supporting local charities in the cities where the Yankees play and by working with neighborhood underpriviledged children. (Continued on page 182) In the First Year of the Third Century
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