We have lost the Greatest of All Time, Muhammad Ali. His legacy is a complicated and very political one that should not be lost to the white-washing of history. His fights in the ring were nothing compared to the ones he and fellow activists waged in the public arena, fights that most of white America was oblivious to. He called out the real racial and social disparities existing in our country. Ali did not care about making people comfortable. Remember that in his last days he was calling out Donald Trump for his ridiculous Muslim ban.
He was truly the greatest sportsman, the best of men and an inspiration to all. Ali was graceful, outrageously funny and full of endless wisdom. There may never be another like him. Here’s one quote I picked out from the list below – it reminded me of his wit but also his ability to outfox opponents, not just with skill but also his swagger – “I done something new for this fight. I wrestled with an alligator. I tussled with a whale. I handcuffed lightning, I thrown thunder in jail. Only last week I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalised a brick. I am so mean that I make medicine sick.” He was a great sporting personality and greatest of all.
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