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Great White Hope hand made limited 7" Vinyl
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Great White Hope
I had heard the phrase "Great White Hope" used in the context of American sports and politics; Larry Bird and Bill Clinton were both described this way.
Some years later I noticed that the term had made its way into British politics, and it made me wonder where it came from.
I then read about the incredible life of Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion of the world, whose career so triumphant it led to his challengers being referred to as "Great White Hope".
I don’t know exactly when the phrase was co-opted by politics, but the last few years' global rise of populism has swept many a Great White Hope to power, with promises of the incredible to those who needed to hear them.
Great White Hope is a conversation between two people as these promises begin to unfold.