CASSIUS CLAY (aka Cassius X aka Muhammad Ali) IS a hot potato. When you talk about Ali you are not only talking about a sportsman.
Many people all over the world don't care about his achievements in the ring. What matters to them is his performance OUTSIDE of the ring.
- Muslims may admire him for being the only world-famous Muslim (aside from Mike Tyson, Saddam Hussein, Usama Bin Laden and Idi Amin).
While Jews have so many world-famous faces (Elvis, Madonna, Steven Spielberg, Julio Iglesias, Houdini, George Michael, Albert Einstein…) that they don't need to point out who is Jew and who is not, Muslims basically only have Ali and Tyson. But Tyson is a criminal Muslim (went to jail for cocaine possession and rape), married to a criminal woman (jail) who has a criminal mother Faridah Ali (jail) and a criminal father (Imam Shamsud-Din Ali, convicted for first degree murder). Welllll, Mike Tyson seems to be slightly less presentable than Ali. Therefore treating Ali like a treasure is perfectly understandable.
- Muslims may also admire Ali not only for simply being a Muslim but for being an outspoken advocate for Islamic beliefs and for upholding Islamic values (he divorced his first wife very fast after she refused to dress like a Muslima: "I even divorced a woman… just because she wouldn't wear dresses long enough")
- Ali is probably also the most famous ex-Christian aside from (converted to Scientology) and (converted to Judaism).
- Blacks may honor him for being the voice of the oppressed by attacking whites in the 1960s ("You're my enemy. My enemy is the white people!")
- Political activists may remember him for fighting against the government (Ali refused to get drafted and even went to the US Supreme Court) ("Vietnam legacy") ("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?")
- Ku Klux Klan members may admire Muhammad Ali for speaking out ("Cu Clux Clay speech") against interracial relationships on a KKK rally ("It was a hell of a scene, all those white hoods, the bonfire, and me on the platform talking")
- Fans of trashtalk may admire him for up-hyping his own fights and doing everything to bring forward the sport of boxing ("That nigger talks too much. That nigger needs a good whoopin'… He's cocky!", Muhammad Ali about how he wants others to perceive him, so he sells more tickets).
- Art fans may enjoy him for being "the first rapper" because of Clay/Ali's (rudimentary) form of rap, usually in the form of trashtalk ("It's gonna be a thrilla, and a chilla, and a killa, when I get the Gorilla in Manila") or self-adulation ("Cassius Clay, the most beautiful fighter in the world today")
- Casual American sport fans may be proud of him for bringing fame to America by being "Fighter of the Year", "Sportsman of the Year" and "Athlete of the Century"
- Ugly women may respect him for putting love first ("Love > Looks") because he himself is rather handsome (despite his tooth gap) while his wife ( ) could be described as one of the ugliest celebrity wives of all time and let me emphasize here that I think that she's intelligent and I like to listen to her and that calling her names ("mangy mongo") is extremely unfair and goes way too far
- Mentally challenged cases may view him as an idol because he finished as the bottom of his high school class (#376 out of #391) and scored IQ 78 (classified as "borderline retardation") on the army's IQ test and yet achieved world fame ("I didn't stay in school like I should. I don't have the education. I have common sense how to make it. I have no education in books of writin' ")
- Gays ("Claymates") may have a crush on Ali although he himself is probably heterosexual. I once read that there were rumors that (he and his wife don't have any children in 20+ years) but I could never find any source to substantiate it.
Well, whatever the case may be even heterosexual boxers CAN be "Gay Icons" and there are a lot of pictures of him being half-naked inside and outside of the ring ("Cocky Cassius"). Now, modern heavyweights and cruiserweights are far more muscular than Ali but for those gays who prefer the pretty-boy-next-door-physique ("like a butterfly") or the slightly-chubby-roommate-look ("Ali, the whaley") he might indeed be attractive. Add to it that his typical facial expression is the wide opened mouth and the ecstatic eyes (just watch the where they incorporated the typical mouth and eyes into the intro)… and you may have a recipe for love.
Thus if you argue against Clay/Ali you may suddenly find yourself in a situation where you are accused of
- denouncing "a sportsman who is the most famous face of Islam"
- criticizing "a racism activist"
- degrading his "civil rights achievements"
- crucifying "a man of conscience who stood up for his beliefs in a nation adrift"
- making fun of "an artist"
- de-mystifying "a cultural idol, hope giver and courage inspirer"
- attacking "a man of peace who found the love of his life"
- talking bad about "a gay icon who gives us warm feelings"
- or simply trying to destroy"one of the greatest American sport figures"
Ali is greater than life!
"Think about the role played by Ali world-wide. He is loved in every single country in the world, First or Third World, Rich or Poor, Black or White, Jews or Muslims or Christians or Hindus, Educated or Illiterate, all love him unconditionally. But all this has not happened overnight, it has taken decades for The Greatest occupy the unique place in the hearts and minds of billions, I repeat, billions of people world-wide. Just to remind you that he helped revive a range of countries either facing abject poverty (Zaire) or extreme instability…
There's no comparison between The Greatest and anyone, be it Pacman or Mayweather either inside or outside the ring, FULL STOP."
and another one writes:
"Disrespecting Ali in often seen as akin to disrespecting Dr. Martin Luther King and the generation of the anti-Vietnam 1960's to boot. Just a word of observation. In my opinion there is a greatness to Ali that will take generations (if ever) to overcome. You are playing a dangerous game that invites challenges from the John F. Kennedy, King, Timothy Leary, Robert F. Kennedy, Woodstock generation that beckons you to awake to what your elders did to pave a path for your words to shine."
Yup. Ali is seriously being listed in one sentence with scientists, presidents and future generations.
Thus ANYTHING even slightly negative you say about Muhammad Ali (whether truth or speculation) can ignite (extreme) counter-attacks by his fans and worshipers.
A statement like "Wladimir Klitschko could win against Ali" may already be considered a racist attack on a black icon.
Because "Everybody knows that Ali would beat every opponent in history thus if you claim that (white) Klitschko can beat (black) Ali you must base your statement purely on white supremacy".
It even was once asked whether Vitali Klitschko is a Nazi for naming his (3rd) child "Maximilian" (after the famous boxer Max Schmeling) because Schmeling was a German boxer during the time of the Hitler regime.
So, yes, since it's so easy to become a Nazi or a racist nowadays you probably WILL be accused of…
- lack of sportsmanship
- or blind hatred
…as soon as you criticize Ali or even when you happen to like the Klitschkos…
…and, yes, AliFans are that predictable!
Wait a sec: Wasn't actually Clay/Ali the racist?
The irony of these accusations of "racism" is that Clay/Ali HIMSELF was a racist who was a(NOI), a religious organization with teachings like
The original black race of man is superior, especially to the white man.
Yakub (a scientist from 6600 years ago) is responsible for creating the white race, a "race of devils".
Allah who came in the person of(founder of the Nation of Islam, pronounced Farad), and the 24 Black scientists that selected him to be God. The 24 Black scientists (or 24 Black elders) have the supernatural ability to write the history of the universe.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad told us of a giant Mother Plane that is made like the universe, spheres within spheres. White people call them UFOs… It took $15 billion in gold at that time to build it. It is made of the toughest steel… Because of its circular nature it can stop and travel in all directions at speeds of thousands of miles per hour.
And Clay/Ali himself was no different:
Muhammad Ali on integration:
"We who follow the teachings of Elijah Muhammad (leader of the Nation of Islam) don't want to be forced to integrate. Integration is wrong. We don't want to live with the white man"
Muhammad Ali on intermarriage:
"No intelligent black man or black woman in his or her right black mind wants white boys and white girls coming to their homes to marry their black sons and daughters."
Muhammad Ali on the need for a separate black homeland:
"You got the white racists who believe in separation such as I believe: One day the black people of America must go to self, clean up self, help self, do for self. I recognize [the white racists]."
"Black and white are disagreeable in peace, they can't get along together… Worked 400 years, 16 hours a day from sun up to sun down, without a payday, that we should now be repaid. Don't give us nuttn and give us or repay us: You got 50 states and we make up 10% of the population then divide up 10% of the land… Now that we're no longer slaves and we can't get along just let me go and live by myself."
Muhammad Ali on brotherhood:
"We're not all brothers. You can say we're brothers, but we're not."
Muhammad Ali on Al-Qaeda:
"I've opened up businesses across the country, selling products and I don't want to say… the wrong thing and hurt my business"
Muhammad Ali on homosexuality:
"All Jews and gentiles are devils… Blacks are no devils… Everything black people doing wrong comes from [the white people]: Drinking, smoking, prostitution, homosexuality, stealing, gambling: It all comes from [the white people]"
Muhammad Ali on killing blacks for having relationships with whites:
In an interview with Playboy Ali said "A black man should be killed if he's messing with a white woman." When the interviewer asked about black women crossing the colour barrier, Ali responded: "Then she dies. Kill her, too."
The Playboy journalist, who interviewed the boxer, was closer to the mark when he observed of his subject: "You're beginning to sound like a carbon copy of a white racist."
Martin Luther on Muhammad Ali:
"When Cassius Clay joined the Black Muslims he became a champion of the racial segregation and that is what we are fighting against."
Martin Luther King
Just watch Ali's crazy-eye'd rants on the. Aside from his arrogant discussion manners, Ali can hardly control his body and spews dangerous extremisms like
- "You're a white man and your knowledge is nuttin' to a Muslim."
- "My leader is Elijah Muhammad who preaches the doom of America"
- "You and this TV show is nuttin' to Muhammad Ali. It ain't no way you can tackle me. All of you are tricky… the white Englishmen tricked us out of Africa"
- "I am not just a boxer. I am told by Elijah Mohammed I am educated"
- "I could talk all week a million of subjects and you [fingerpointing and shouting at Michael Parkinson] do not have enough wisdom to call on me on television… You are too small mentally to tackle me on nottin' that I represent"
- "The Muslims are the most respected people in America, we are the cleanest"
- Ali: "It's a fact that white people hate black people"
Michael Parkinson: "That's not true"
Ali (interrupting): "What you mean it's not true? You're the biggest hypocrite in the world"
- "How you gonna get me on a TV and trap me? Ain't no way. You can't beat me physically nor mentally"
- To Michael Parkinson: "You are really a joke!"
Muhammad Ali is one of the seldom cases that gets more disgusting (or shall we kindly say "more laughable"?) the longer you listen to him and his lack of education shines through the longer he is allowed to talk.
For more racist and megalomaniac quotes read Muhammad Ali Quotes -OR- Cassius Clay's megalomania.
"But didn't Mike Tyson also talk such nonsense like Ali?"
True, Mike Tyson and other boxers could talk wild stuff. It's of course part of the show…
"My style is impetuous. My defense is impregnable, and I'm just ferocious. I want your heart. I want to eat his children. Praise be to Allah!"
…but Mike's rage was not racist and always related to boxing/opponents, and you always had the feeling of "Wow, Hollywood couldn't invent a better beast! Go, Mike, go!"
Mike Tyson on biting off parts of the ear of Evander Holyfield
"He butted me. Look at me. My kids will be scared of me."
"I felt Holyfield was using his head illegally. I told the referee. I wasn't getting any help. So I went back to the streets. I cannot defend it, but it happened."
Wild stuff, yes! Despicable, sure, sure! But also entertaining as hell and underlining his legacy as one of the most ferocious fighters ever.
"When we got to the gorilla cage there was 1 big silverback gorilla there just bullying all the other gorillas… I offered the [zoo] attendant $10,000 to open the cage and let smash that silverback's snotbox! He declined."
What do we get from Ali? Embarrassing racist attacks against whites (including white fans), lame rhymes ("Gorilla in Manila"), one of the most featherfisted legacies ("like a butterfly") and some of the most vile fans ever. There is no way, such behavior nowadays would be tolerated. He possibly could be banned from boxing for life. If he would utter his racial nonsense nowadays too often outside the US, there is a possibility he would be handcuffed and jailed.
Racism & Violence
Now, aside from being a racist UFO religion, members of the Nation of Islam carried out the assassination of Malcolm X. One of the convicted murderers (paroled in 1985) is now head of a Nation-of-Islam-mosque in New York.
The assassination happened between the first fight against ·Sonny Liston and the second.
Ali himself admitted to use terrorist tactics to win fights ("Dirty Clay"):
"I have a few things to say. Not for the public but to confuse my opponent. Like I might say to a white fighter: 'Listen,' (while I'm in a clinch), 'the Black Panthers [known for their violence against whites] are outside. You don't stand a damn chance tonight, boy. They'll burn your house down'"
Really funny, Ali. You must feel like the funniest man of the world, Ali.
No wonder Liston claimed he took a dive (2nd fight) because of fear of retaliations from the Nation of Islam. Here is Liston's recollection what happened after Ali knocked Liston down (the famous "Phantom Punch") but refused to go to the neutral corner:
"Ali knocked me down with a sharp punch. I was down but not hurt… Ali is waiting to hit me, the ref can’t control him. I have to put one knee and one glove on the canvas to get up. You know Ali is a nut. You can tell what a normal man is going to do but you can’t tell what a nut is going to do and Ali is a nut."
Others believe that he feared for his safety from Nation of Islam extremists who supported Ali. The latter theory was supported by Mark Kram's book Ghosts of Manila, which included an interview with Liston conducted years after the fight. Liston claimed to have intentionally lost because of his fear of retaliation from the Black Muslims
Thus it's bizarre when AliFans accuse Ali critics of racism or islamophobia. It's as bizarre as being accused of racism and Klan'ophobia for criticizing the Ku Klux Klan.
But as I wrote at Wladimir Klitschko sucks because he KOs his opponents very often Ali-fans use inverted logic ("black equals white"). Since Clay/Ali himself was the racist any accusation like "You are racist if you insult Ali" is the same inverted type of logic and only proves my point.
Who is Cassius Clay? -OR- Muhammad Ali's new name is a never ending self-ownage
As you may know Muhammad Ali's real birth name is "Cassius Marcellus Clay". After Clay met Elijah Muhammad (the leader of the Nation of Islam) and converted to Islam, Elijah Muhammad gave Clay a new name: "Muhammad Ali".
The irony? Hmm, let's check Wikipedia who the original "Muhammad Ali" was:
"Muhammad Ali next turned his attention to military campaigns beginning with Sudan which he viewed as a valuable addition resource of territory, gold, and slaves. Sudan at the time had no real central authority and used primitive weaponry in its tribal infighting.
In 1820 Muhammad Ali dispatched an army of 5000 troops into Sudan with the intent of conquering the territory and subjugating it to his authority. Ali's troops made headway into Sudan in 1821, but met with fierce resistance.
Ultimately, the superiority of Egyptian troops and firearms ensured the conquest of Sudan. His administration captured slaves from the Nuba Mountains, and west and south Sudan.
Ali's reign in Sudan, and that of his immediate successors, is remembered in Sudan for its brutality and heavy-handedness"
Now let's check who the original Cassius Marcellus Clay was:
"Cassius Clay was a prominent anti-slavery crusader. Clay worked toward emancipation, both as a Kentucky state representative and as an early member of the Republican Party.
Clay graduated from Yale College in 1832. While at Yale, he heard abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison speak, and Garrison's lecture inspired Clay to join the antislavery movement.
Clay served three terms in the Kentucky General Assembly, but he lost support among Kentucky voters as his platform became more focused on ending slavery.
In 1845, he began publishing an anti-slavery newspaper called the True American in Lexington, Kentucky. Within a month he received death threats, had to arm himself, and had to barricade the doors of his newspaper office for protection. Shortly after, a mob of about sixty men broke into his office and seized his printing equipment, which they shipped to Cincinnati, Ohio. Clay continued publication there.
Even though he opposed the annexation of Texas, Clay served in the Mexican-American War. His connections to the northern antislavery movement remained strong, and he was a founder of the Republican party and a friend of Abraham Lincoln, supporting him for the presidency."
In other words:
Until Ali doesn't change his name back to Cassius Clay we have the right to assume that he still (non-openly) believes in the teachings of the Nation of Islam or that he still is a racist who believes in black supremacy.
The name "Muhammad Ali" is a CONSTANT REMINDER of Clay's self-ownage: He now carries the name of a
- brutal war lord
- who invaded other countries
- for new slaves
while at the same time he erased the name "Cassius Clay",
- who was Major General in the Union army
- participated in the purchase of Alaska
- organized the “Clay Battalion” to protect Washington D.C.
- and was an anti-slavery activist.
And yet, what do we have to read from AliFans?
"The things you have written above gave yourself away completely. Like who the first Muhammad Ali was and who the the American Cassius Clay was. Completely irrelevant and only prove your racism."
An example of the TYPICAL logic of AliFans: Accusing others of racism while protecting the racist (Ali).
Is Muhammad Ali still a racist?
We have yet to hear 1 CLEAR statement of Ali which condemns the Muslims that carried out the 9/11 attacks.
All we heard from him so far are non-answers like "Islam is peace" or evasive statements like "What's really hurting me, the name Islam is involved".
You see, there is a huge discrepancy between his racism crusade that he tried to stick into everyone's face ("Whites are evil! America is doomed! Run to your nearest mosque!") and his hardly perceivable criticism of 9/11 ("I don't want to say… the wrong thing and hurt my business").
I don't know if the governing bodies should go as far as to deprive him of all medals, honors and Hall-of-Fame inductions but it's definitely a measure worth a serious consideration. It should have been Joe Frazier to light the fire at the Olympics.
Is describing Clay's/Ali's fighting style racist?
Since the topic is "Ali & Racism" I want to point out something specific about Ali's fighting style that might earn you the accusation "racist":
People who are watching how he fights (= his style in the ring) may very easily get the impression that he is impersonating an IOU (Interstellar Orang-Utan) which as I have learned just recently might be considered a racist statement in America.
A few days ago I heard for the first time in my life that in parts of the USA mentioning that somebody is "monkeying around" or accusing someone of "monkey see, monkey do" is a racist statement.
I thought "What the heck, this can't be true! How in the world can this be racist? Small children can jump around like little monkeys and nobody in the rest of the world would ever consider that a racist term". Even Floyd Mayweather Jr (a black boxer) calls himself "I'm a gorilla, I'm a dog".
The American concept of racism simply eludes me, but maybe one day I will be able to decipher the fine American line between racism and political correctness with the help of "One of the hottest young comedians in the country today")., , and (
Thus let me assure you this:
I personally don't claim here that Ali fights like an IOU but when someone says "Ali fights like an IOU" then in 99.9% of the cases it will be merely meant as a real-world description of how Ali behaves in the ring and it's not meant in a racist sense.
I once read that in China calling someone "turtle" is the most offensive insult. I am neither from China nor from the USA and I don't care what some locals in America or in China think about monkey-racism or turtle-insults: But Ali may indeed remind the viewer of an IOU, just like ·Sam Peter may remind us of a turtle and 's physiognomy may remind us of a Neanderthal. It would be completely racism-free statement and if you live in America then don't put something into it that isn't there. Other black boxers don't remind anyone of IOUs.
But he is an exception. End of story.
An example of what someone else might describe as "GOAT goes ape" (which is then wrongly denounced as racist) can be found in the fight (watch the 2 first rounds)
- when Ali jumps up and down, back and forth
- when Ali makes uncoordinated wild swings
- when Ali stomps forward with his hands up (what the heck?)
- when Ali covers his his face and then rhythmically steps forward one-two one-two
- when Ali suddenly grabs the neck of his opponent
- when Ali bizarrely opens his mouth (walking to his corner) ("goat goes gape")
thus it's no wonder that someone might think that Ali emulates an IOU.
Just check out 1:20 (round#2) when he marches forward and suddenly grabs Young's neck (Ali loves to do that throughout his whole career)! And no, Jimmy Young does NOT fight back like an ape.
Ali's crazy eyes and gaping mouth are so typical that they were featured in the intro of the Muhammad Ali Cartoon (where he indeed goes on an interstellar mission).
Ali loves to do the crazy-eyes and the gape-mouth inside the ring (while fighting, going to the corner or sitting in the corner) and outside the ring. Ali's alias ("Lousiville Lip") could have as easily been "Kentucky Gape" (haha).
Even the commentator noticed it:
"First round [was] one of those curious pieces of business that we've seen so often with Ali: No fighting at all"
I wonder what would have happened if the commentator hadn't called it "pieces of business" but "pieces of monkey business" (haha).
Ali is the only fighter (white or black) that may make someone think that we aren't watching a boxing ring but a circus ring. Some called him "Clay, the clown", others called him the "One-Man-Zoo" (butterfly, bee & GoaT).
However, I wouldn't go as far as calling him "Primate Ali" (instead of "Prime Ali"), "Chimp Ali" (instead of "Champ Ali") or "The Apest" (instead of "The Greatest"), but don't be astonished if you hear these appositions here or there.
Honestly, I have never seen any other boxer doing anything like this. Maybe you could compare it to Kung-Fu movies when they train to "fight crane style" or "be the snake". It's out of this world ("interstellar") and you shouldn't take it badly that someone might imagine that boxing fights on the Planet of Apes would look similar including
- grabbing the neck
- raising the arms to look bigger
- gaping the mouth to scare you
and the only thing missing would be him balancing on the ropes (haha) but let's listen to Ali himself:
"I am the astronaut of boxing… I'm in a world of my own."
Indeed, Ali, who are we to disagree?
I presume modern heavyweights would be described in an instant as "ring monkeys" if they had a fighting style and would bizarrely grimace like that (even outside of the ring), but again let me assure all US-Americans that this would be completely racist-free description of the STYLE of fighting.
And I guess you already came to the same "IOU conclusion", too, after watching the first rounds versus Jimmy Young.
If you want to be accused of racism ("Now you showed your real face, you racist!") then don't waste your time with criticizing ·Chris "Rapid Fire" Byrd or ·Lennox "The Lion" Lewis. Go for ·Muhammad "The Louisville Lip" Ali or ·"Iron" Mike Tyson.