Originally Posted by devildg
i would not call him an intellectual at all but he parroted alot of common societal views on race from the black community, thereby, serving as an effective unofficial ambassador for black people. his stance on the Vietnam War was nothing unique but he was effective at communicating. a lot of charismatic people are like this including MLK Jr., Ronald Reagan, etc, etc
Had Ali decided to be a politician, he would have been pretty damn good at that too.
His stance on the Vietnam war was a result of Elijah Muhammad telling him what to do.
He was lucky that the public opinion of the Vietnam War went down the plug or otherwise he might never have recovered from it, in a boxing sense.
Ali wasn't smart enough to be a politician, however he would be a good spokesperson, he's someone you'd hang a megaphone to and tell them to campagin for you.