This past week I have been thinking alot about Muhammad Ali.
Since you know, he just died.
Was he as great as he said?
Why does everyone love him?
Since everyone else loves him, does that mean I have to as well?
Am I an idiot for saying that Muhammad Ali is…
Kind of a phony.
That I don’t buy it.
Before you jump up and claim that I am a retarded moron who just disrespected a great man who had more of an influence than I will ever have, just hear me out.
Believe it or not, I have reasons for questioning Ali.
I am not saying that I am right with my statement, but I am not wrong for posing the question.
1. He was a boxer who preached peace.
That is a joke right?
He fought for a living, yet was telling others about war and peace.
That sounds like a character from a movie.
I get that Ali didn’t like the war, but he didn’t have to pretend like he was doing it for some noble cause.
He didn’t want to die.
Like most of us, he was afraid of death.
His job was to knock other people out, literally, yet he didn’t want to die in battle.
I don’t know but something isn’t right there.
And don’t tell me that he was such a humanitarian that he preached love and peace.
If he was such a great guy, he wouldn’t have fought in the first place.
It makes sense for a doctor or a nurse to talk peace, because they are saving other people.
When your job is to put other people on the floor, I find it hard to take what you say about peace seriously.
2. He was a Muslim fighting for black rights, only.
Correct me if I am wrong, but Islam doesn’t have the best history with their treatment of women.
So he was talking about the rights of the black man while being apart of a religion that we still question how they treat women.
What am I saying that is so wrong here?
That he was a Muslim?
Or that Muslims don’t treat women properly.
(This is a general statement obviously, but compared to other religions women of Muslim faith don’t have as much of a say)
Are we all going to forget that he converted to a religion that, let’s face it, we would have a hard time dealing with today?
Sorry, but I had to say it.
So for every other time a Muslim is brought up, we all think terrorist, but we never question Muhammad Ali.
Do we give him a pass?
Or are we really that anti-Muslim?
And if we are right in our questioning of the Islam faith, (mostly due to the woman problem) then why don’t we bring it up with Muhammad Ali?
We are honoring him.
Yet a few weeks ago, the news put up a picture of a Muslim who murdered someone.
Something is not right there.
3. He was playing a character. (to an extent)
He was full of himself.
It was always about Ali.
He always was the center of attention.
You may say that was his aura.
That is how he was.
He was a larger than life person.
I guess so.
I think that Muhammad Ali was almost a persona.
Like that of an entertainer.
On stage, he was larger than life.
Off stage, he was a small, shy guy.
The same was with Ali.
On stage, he was a trash talker and a cocky son of a bitch.
Off stage, he was not the same guy.
And if you act differently in one area to the next, then you are a phony.
That is my take on Ali.
You can agree or disagree with me.
I assume you will disagree with me because most of the people who talk of Ali praise him, which is fine.
Go ahead and praise Ali if you want.
I am not going to try to stop you there.
But I will not just nod my head with agreement with everyone else’s opinion when I feel there is another side that we can bring to the table.
If we can’t see the good and bad about our heroes.
If we only see what we want to see from them.
If we ignore their faults, then we all lose.