white hope


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white hope

a person expected to bring much success to a team or organization.
The expression originated in the US in the 1910s as an epithet applied to a white heavyweight boxer who it was hoped (by whites) might beat Jack Johnson, the first black boxer to hold the world heavyweight title ( 1908–15 ).
1941 Lord Berners Far from the Madding War He was a composer: the white hope (so a critic had described him) of English music.
See also: hope, white