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That's what so many people tend to overlook. They look at this as if it was recorded yesterday. Ali lived and grew up in an era when there were laws that prohibited him from the same rights as other races. He was an Olympic gold medalist who wasn't allowed to eat in a local diner. Yet his foreign opponents that he fought for his own country would have had the same rights he was denied. That's something that can affect a persons psyche and people can respond in different ways. Martin Luther King and Malcom X are an example.
Originally Posted by Cuauhtémoc1520
Ali was brainwashed by the Nation of Islam. It's a racist and bigoted organization that preached segregation and black superiority.
I don't blame Ali because he fell into it but at the same time he was gullible enough to believe in that nonsense. Malcom X was deep into that as well until he actually visited Mecca and realized everything he was being told was wrong and in turn was murdered by the Nation of Islam.
Ali was just a product of his times.
Some people need to keep that in perspective and stop pretending that 1971 was the same as 2013. Society in general was nothing like it is now. A lot of the laws were even dramatically different. Most people evolve as things change and Ali did a long time ago.