Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson

Speeding Tickets

Clip: Season 1 | 3m 11s

Jack Johnson was given speeding tickets scores of times over the years, sometimes because he really was driving too fast — and sometimes simply because white policemen couldn’t stand to see a black man behind the wheel of a costly racing car. He also later joined a vaudeville troupe, where he made good money under tough working conditions.

Aired: 05/01/17

Rating: NR

Video has closed captioning.