For all the things President Obama says he can't do because of the political gridlock in Washington, he can right a century-old wrong simply by picking up a pen. Tomorrow wouldn't be too soon.
Jack Johnson, boxing's first black heavyweight champion, was arrested in October 1912, railroaded by an all-white jury the following June and eventually served a year in prison, essentially for escorting a white woman across state lines. All these years later, for all the other things that have changed since, Johnson's name is still lashed to those tracks.
For the third time in less than a decade, a bipartisan group of lawmakers sent a resolution back to the president's desk Tuesday urging him to change that by granting Johnson a posthumous pardon. The first one went up to the White House in 2004, but it was declined by Obama's predecessor, George W. Bush, even though while governor of Texas, Bush honored the Galveston native with a ''Jack Johnson Day'' for five straight years.