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RIP The Most Important Athlete Who Ever Lived

Post by Joey » Sat Jun 04, 2016 4:55 pm

The reverberations. Not the rumbles, the reverberations. The death of Muhammad Ali will undoubtedly move people’s minds to his epic boxing matches against Joe Frazier, George Foreman, or there will be retrospectives about his epic “rumbles” against racism and war. But it’s the reverberations that we have to understand in order to see Muhammad Ali as what he remains: the most important athlete to ever live. It’s the reverberations that are our best defense against real-time efforts to pull out his political teeth and turn him into a harmless icon suitable for mass consumption.

When Dr. Martin Luther King came out against the war in Vietnam in 1967, he was criticized by the mainstream press and his own advisors who told him to not focus on “foreign” policy. But Dr. King forged forward, and to justify his new stand, said publicly, “Like Muhammad Ali puts it, we are all—black and brown and poor—victims of the same system of oppression.”

When Nelson Mandela was imprisoned on Robben Island, he said that Muhammad Ali made him feel like the walls were not there.

When John Carlos and Tommie Smith raised their fists on the medal stand in Mexico City, one of their demands was to “Restore Muhammad Ali’s title.” They called Ali “the warrior-saint of the Black Athlete’s Revolt.”

When Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) volunteers in Lowndes County, Alabama launched an independent political party in 1965, their new group was the first to use the symbol of a black panther. Beneath the jungle cat’s black silhouette was a slogan straight from the champ: “WE Are the Greatest.”

When Billie Jean King was aiming to win equal rights for women in sports, Muhammad Ali would say to her, “Billie Jean King! YOU ARE THE QUEEN!” She said that this made her feel brave in her own skin. ... ammad-ali/

Who you got that can even touch this? Who the fudge do you got?

Now watch as a bunch of people who don't get it are going to mourn him. Donald Trump just did. David Cameron just did.

He wasn't a champion of civil rights. He was a fudge radical who was unafraid in the face of the most horrifying establishment on earth.

"Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on Brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights? No I’m not going 10,000 miles from home to help murder and burn another poor nation simply to continue the domination of white slave masters of the darker people the world over. This is the day when such evils must come to an end. I have been warned that to take such a stand would cost me millions of dollars. But I have said it once and I will say it again. The real enemy of my people is here. I will not disgrace my religion, my people or myself by becoming a tool to enslave those who are fighting for their own justice, freedom and equality…. If I thought the war was going to bring freedom and equality to 22 million of my people they wouldn’t have to draft me, I’d join tomorrow. I have nothing to lose by standing up for my beliefs. So I’ll go to jail, so what? We’ve been in jail for 400 years."

Imagine people complaining that athletes are too famous if even a few of them were as brave as Muhammad fudge Ali.
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Re: RIP The Most Important Athlete Who Ever Lived

Post by scraggypunk » Sat Jun 04, 2016 6:06 pm

first prince, now ali

i'm thinking this is the end times
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Re: RIP The Most Important Athlete Who Ever Lived

Post by Dragonite » Sat Jun 04, 2016 9:38 pm

I heard it was due to fatal Parkinson's complications. Since that's a direct result of boxing head injury.. yeah. I have very mixed feelings about the sport because of the high risk of injury, but he had no regrets about it as far as I can tell.

I'm not very familiar with the details of his life story, but I'm impressed what I just found out about him standing up for himself when he didn't want to go to Vietnam.

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Re: RIP The Most Important Athlete Who Ever Lived

Post by Joey » Sun Jun 05, 2016 7:29 am

Muhammad Ali was very famously above the sport itself.

"When I'm gone, boxing will be nothing again. The fans with the cigars and the hats turned down'll be there, but no more housewives and little men in the street and foreign presidents. It's goin' to be back to the fighter who comes to town, smells a flower, visits a hospital, blows a horn and says he's in shape. Old hat. I was the onliest boxer in history people asked questions like a senator."

The most famous names since? A grill salesman. A convicted rapist. A serial domestic assaulter. He was devastatingly correct.
"Unakau has nicked off. And there was much rejoicing."

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