Pardon sought for first black heavyweight champ

WASHINGTON Sen. John McCain wants a presidential pardon for Jack Johnson, who became the nation's first black heavyweight boxing champion 100 years before Barack Obama became its first black president.

McCain feels Johnson was wronged by a 1913 conviction of violating the Mann Act by having a consensual relationship with a white woman a conviction widely seen as racially motivated.
Seems a bit opportunistic to me, but better late than never. Right thing for the wrong reasons and all that jazz.

Also I'm amused that the article uses the phrase "widely seen as racially motivated" as if there's some other legitimate view of it.