69 million page views

The canonization of Cassius Clay (aka Muhammad Ali)?

Reader comment on item: Muhammad Ali v. George W. Bush

Submitted by Janet Kempf (United States), Nov 29, 2005 at 06:46

There are many things I do not understand these days but this has to be near the top of my list.

I grew up in Chicago during the '50s and '60s and remember vividly the local news stories about Elijah Muhammad and the Black Muslims. I remember them so well because of the fear they inspired in my 10-year old mind. I can still hear him calling all white people "blue-eyed devils" and making threats especially during the long, hot sixties summers when race riots were part of our summer vacations. Even though I did not have blue eyes, I knew he was talking about me and my family.

And along came Cassius Clay. While dodging the draft, he joined this bunch of would-be terrorists and I never forgot that.

Maybe a lot of the people who laud him today think that he was born with the name "Muhammad Ali", although I would suspect the President knows better. But for those of us who remember Cassius Clay before his "conversion", could someone please provide an explanation of why this man should be getting any awards whatsoever?

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2024 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)