Originally Posted by joseph5620
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.
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.
This is true but at the same time, we need to understand that there were people that DID NOT think like Ali and were more advanced in their thinking.
I don't excuse Ali but at the same time I understand why he was the way he was. Doesn't make it any less wrong though and thankfully we are moving towards a more progressive, logical way of thinking where race, gender and sexual preference doesn't matter anymore.