Joe Louis was an excellent example of someone who understood Capitalism and Freedom. Being a black American born and raised in Alabamba, he overcame racial prejudice to become world boxing champion. Louis's life is also a good illustration of why big government is a flop. Louis was often critical of FDR's New Deal big government programs. As a result of his hard work, and belief in the human spirit, Louis was loved everywhere; even in the South. Sadly he was taxed heavily by the IRS to the point of becoming broke; once the New Deal came along, people like Louis had to foot the bill for the "less fortunate".
In Why We Can't Wait by Martin Luther King, King has this extraordinary passage:
"More than 25 years ago, on of the southern states adopted a new method of capital punishment. Poison gas supplanted the gallows. In its earliest stages a microphone was placed inside the sealed death chamber so that scientific observers might hear the words of the dying prisoner to judge how the victim reacted in this novel situation. The first victim was a young Negro. As the pellet dropped into the container, and the gas curled upward, through the microphone came these words. "Save me Joe Louis. Save me Joe Louis. Save me Joe Louis."
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