Congresswoman Says She Wasn't Aware "Great White Hope" Has Racist Connotation

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Rep. Lynn Jenkins has defended her remark saying that Republicans need a "great white hope," explaining that she didn't realize the phrase had a racist connotation.

Jenkins' original remarks, found on the video below, caused controversy because a "great white hope" is generally thought of to describe racist attitudes over African American boxer Jack Johnson's heavyweight title in the early 20th century.


"I don't know how the president got injected into this debate," Jenkins said. We don't know how Jenkins has never taken an American history class.

Congresswoman Defends 'Great White Hope' Remark [LA Times]
Jenkins' Remark Raises Eyebrows [Topeka Capital-Journal]

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