Mohammed Ali meets the Beatles in 1964.
I mourn the passing of this shining example of Black manhood. A man who stood tall, never content to be just a segment of the larger minstrel show going on around him and other Black celebrities. Behind all of his 'clowning' was a man of deep convictions and great courage, who challenged the 'system', called it out to account for its endless contradictions. At the heart of the 1960s and the Civil Rights Movement, no one could ever say that he did not 'pull his weight'.
Muhammad Ali was MORE than a boxing champion & celebrity. He was an activist & ant-establishmentarian who wasn't afraid to go against the powers that be. Forget about political correctness, he said what had to be sad, forget about consequences. He was forthright. He was one of a kind.
I grew up in the 50's and 60's and back then I just wanted somebody to shut his bragging and outrageous mouth up. He really got my attention when he refused the draft. At first I thought he was very duplicitous in that while he made his living in a violent sport he eschewed war. I also questioned his faith in Islam as a shield against those who would be critical of him. As I grew older I realized what a truly gifted boxer he was and a master of his craft and most times he put his money where his mouth was. I loved that he hated Don King who wrecked so many young boxers careers. I also realized upon reading more about him that his resolve was genuine and that playing the "Bad Guy" was just a promoting ploy he masked his brilliance with. It was a shame he was silenced with Parkinson's Disease as when he was able to express himself through other means he was still as sharp as when he taunted all of us.
I grew up watching Muhammad Ali and loved and admired him. He was a man of principle, courageous to the end.
I was a fan of Ali because he could box fight. He was a true champion in the ring, he liked to brawl and he could take a beating as well as do the beating.
"Dance like a butterfly, sting like a bee."
I invested in Ali while he was alive, so I own him thanks for the security interests.
He will be remember!
Geez, you never pass up an opportunity to politicize, do you?
Actually its about character and the image of character , not politics !
Huh? I didn't bring politics into it, you did.
I am recognizing a champion boxing fighter that I admired.
Who made my life more secure because I made investments.
Trump and Ali were friends, all politics aside.
I just so happened to have photos of Trump and Ali on my computer.
I had a lot of photos of Ali on my old computer, and use to write about him on other sites, and it paid off well too. It wasn't political then either.
I am paying my respects! Trump, Obama and Clinton paid their respects to Ali, and many more political leaders have, its not about politics. He was respected for his boxing career, and he died.
ADDED: we can change our posts for up to four hours in the forums.
That is something that is very cool about HubPages Forums. Liberty!
I just realized this thread is in Politics and Social Issues!
I think someone does protest too much!
Truly lame. Truly.
Ali was friends with a lot of people, but you chose a picture of Trump. We're not stupid, colorfulone. Your attempt at claiming innocence is pathetic.
Wow, this post continues to grow long after I replied to it. Why do you do that? I know, you're frantically trying to justify your politicization of Ali's death. Sorry, we're too smart to fall for it.
Also a guy that legally got away with running from the military draft , white hundreds of thousands of other less fortunate , poorer kids , without celebrity-hood , served their country or left it for Canada .
................Yea, let's all idolize him , he's a hero ! Not.
Yeah, like Trump and George Bush II., despicable people who bought their way out. Mohammed paid a penalty for his stance and courage, so for once in your life, please put a sock in it, huh?
Who knows, you may have well been hiding behind your mother's skirts when your country called for your service?
I did my bit, so how about you?
Do you need to go to your safe space?
(Ali's big celebrity fight night was spent with a friend. Photo)
Even though Ali and Trump were good friends, Ali did speak out against Trump's temporary ban on Muslims. Maybe bias, but not racial.
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