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MR JUDKINS REJOICES

“GLAD  THE  BLACK  MAN  WON”

    “I’m glad the black man won - exceedingly glad,” declared Mr WH Judkins yesterday at a Pleasant Sunday Afternoon at the North Melbourne Methodist Mission. He gave two reasons for his gladness. “First of all,” he said, “the black man’s victory has pricked the bubble of our miserable Anglo-Saxon vanity. A lot of people imagined that the white man could not be beaten - that he was superior to the man whose skin happens to be black. It is not a bad thing to have dispelled that illusion.”  Mr Judkins other reason for rejoicing over Johnson’s victory was that it had imparted a disgraceful aspect to prize fighting, because the white race had an aversion to a man whom God had clothed in a black skin.
    Mr Judkins’s address was largely an expression of joy that the world had advanced along the path of refinement of late years. Rarely, he said, had the world’s sensibilities been so shocked as they had in connection with the brutal and inhuman exhibition last week. It was a shocking thing  that a battle between two men should hold up the world as this fight had done. The world seemed to stand still to witness it. Was there any similar instance of something standing for the  moral good of the community so riveting the attention of the people?  But it was pleasing to notice that in parts of the world governments were prohibiting  the exhibition of the bioscope pictures, and that the many protests indicated a growing sense of refinement. A prize-fight was the opposite of refinement. It was gross, brutal, barbaric. He supposed that some of those in power would, if they had their way, permit such exhibitions in Victoria, and Christians should be watchful, and prevent it, if possible. “I hope the people in the community will rise in revolution if such a thing be allowed,” exclaimed Mr Judkins.
    Mr W H Edgar, MLC, who presided over the gathering, also spoke in condemnation of the “disgraceful occurrence.”  He said he would do all he could as a member of Parliament to prevent the exhibition of pictures in Victoria.
    On the motion of Mr Judkins, it was resolved--
 “That this meeting urges the Prime Minister to forbid the introduction to the Commonwealth of pictures of the Johnson-Jeffries fight; and the State Premier to introduce legislation to prohibit the holding of prize fights within the State.”
 

From  THE ARGUS 11th July 1910   page 7

 

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