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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 76

Ali the 'Louisville lip'

By S.H.Moulana

Thousands have attended the farewell procession for boxing legend Muhammad Ali in his home city of Louisville, in the US state of Kentucky.

Onlookers lining the roadside waved and chanted ‘Ali, Ali’ as the cortege led by the hearse carrying his coffin drove through the downtown area.

Ali is remembered not only for his outstanding record in boxing but how he displayed his conviction with the same courage in his illustrious career.

It was the same conviction he showed when he defiantly refused to join the US war on Vietnam. He was prepared to sacrifice his lucrative career and name and fame and even to go to jail for his beliefs.

His historic words would give a new lease of life to the anti-war movement across America and Europe and are recounted time and again. “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.

I ain’t got no quarrel with them VietCong! No VietCong ever called me nigger!” It was this defiance coupled with his down-to-earth humanism that made Ali the beloved ever reigning champion of the world.

Talking about the black people in America Ali said “We are brought here 400 years ago for a job. Why don’t we get out and build our own nation and quit begging for jobs? We’ll never be free until we own our own land. We are 40m people and we don’t have two acres that’s truly ours.

I am gonna fight for the prestige, not for me but to uplift my little brothers who are sleeping on concrete floors today in America.

Black people who are living on welfare, black people who can’t eat, black people who don’t know no knowledge of themselves, black people don’t have no future.”

All these views of the brave man Ali were amply endorsed during the funeral services by various speakers in the presence of politicians including the former president Bill Clinton.

- Asian Tribune –

The memorial service for boxing legend Muhammad Ali in Louisville, Kentucky
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton delivers a eulogy during the memorial service for boxing legend Muhammad Ali in Louisville, Kentucky |
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