It was with sadness that I learned of Muhammad Ali’s passing…yet another icon of the 70s, the Vietnam War, and people actually standing up for their beliefs, no matter how much they are punished.
Ali stood up to the war profiteers and bullies with dignity and morals and ethics. Rare to see that nowadays.
Here’s a video clip of how eloquent Ali was:
“No Vietcong ever called me “nigger”‘ was a classic line. So was his stance that these were poor people and he wasn’t going to fight the poor.
When I was growing up, I used to think boxing was okay and admired Ali for his skill. But as I grew more aware of how awful boxing was — people beating the sh*t out of one another until one was senseless…and betting on the outcome — was morally wrong. And being entertained by it is equally morally wrong.
Rest in Peace, Muhammad.