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Muhammad Ali gets in the face of an angry white kid

Muhammad Ali wasn’t called “The Greatest” just because of what he could do in the ring.  He was also an extraordinary speaker and thinker in his own right.  He never went to college, but would debate anyone, anywhere without any fear.

This video is rare footage of Ali speaking on a white college campus with a student who is confronting him about his decision not to fight in the Vietnam War.  Showing the kind of courage that most black celebrities wouldn’t even show today, Ali first explains that he avoided the Vietnam War because he couldn’t understand what he was fighting for.  With all of the human rights violations against black people in America, Ali was entirely unwilling to go shoot someone he didn’t know for a country that had taken the lives of so many of his own people.

As a result of Ali’s stand against the Vietnam War, he lost his right to box and faced prison time.  He eventually won after years of fighting in the courts, but his family paid a huge price for his commitment to black people.

The footage toward the end shows Ali on a college campus speaking in the face of a white student who wanted to attack him.  He then goes on a tirade that should be remembered as one of the greatest and most powerful statements in American history.

Why are black celebrities today more likely to show off the latest dance moves, but won’t talk about the suffering of black people?  Are they cowards or have they been brainwashed?

Take a look.

 

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James

1,234 Comment

  1. No they dont make em like Ali today!!! All we get is CLOWN JAYZ! Now JAYZ gets a chance to make a statement against racial profiling of black and brown people but he took the money from BARNEYS instead! LOL. You know he had to make his paper! LOL Sad comparison today.

  2. No they dont make em like Ali today!!! All we get is CLOWN JAYZ! Now JAYZ gets a chance to make a statement against racial profiling of black and brown people but he took the money from BARNEYS instead! LOL. You know he had to make his paper! LOL Sad comparison today.

  3. The only thing they care about is money.Some of them regret even being blacks.It shows in their attempts to marry white prostitutes who just want their money and when its finished they are finished too.

  4. THE GREATEST — We need more ethical people like Ali in the world. As it turns out, he was on the right side of history. He knew it was wrong and fundamentally stood against the war, what's wrong with us today?

  5. Corrections ONE OF THE GREATEST BLACK MEN (Or Africans to ever live) He would never consider himself a American especially after what they did to HIM TO BREAK HIM

  6. Mr. M. Ali is a great man. He stood for high morals, change, knowledge of self and didn’t put them on hold for money, press or a beer. Today, players don’t bring social change.

  7. Ali! Ali! The greatest. But also no offense to the people that do fight for our nation.

  8. Some of us may not like this, but my job is wake up the dead, not get along.

  9. Even after his time here with us on Earth is gone into a memory he will be even Greater! He is most Definately one of the Greatest examples of what a Black MANs intestinal fortitude an PRIDE is. My FATHER was the same way, had the same mind set an he never had nothing in this Country but his PRIDE an that was enough for me to admire!

  10. The greatest

  11. TRUTH!

    #teamAli

  12. BECAUSE MOST ATHLETES AND ACTORS AND ACTRESS AND SINGERS AND RAPPERS TODAY ONLY CARE ABOUT THEIR DAMN MONEY AND LOOSING THEIR LITTLE JOB, THEY ONLY CARE ABOUT THEMSELVE. MOST OF THEM KEEP KISSING ASS TO KEEP THEIR LITTLE CAREER WHICH WILL COME TO AN END SHORTLY. ALI, MALCOLM X, MLK, ASSATA SHAKUR THE RUNNERS IN THE OLYMPICS WHO RAISED THEIR FIST, DID NOT GIVE A DAMN WHAT THE OWNER, COACH OF THEIR TEAM SAID,OR THE GOVERNMENT WOULD SAY. MOST OF THEM ARE COWARDS

  13. TERRIBLE BLACK ACTORS, ACTRESS AND ATHLETES TODAY. SOME OF THEM LIKE HALLE BERRY, MARIA CAREY ZOIE ZALDAN ACT LIKE THEY WISH THEY WERE WHITE. ALL ATHLETES TODAY AND ACTORS AND ACTRESS CARE ABOUT IS THEIR MONEY,

    THEY AFRAID TO STAND UP FOR BLACK PEOPLE OR SPEAK OUT AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY AND COPS KILLING BLACK KIDS EVERY WEEK AND AGAINST RACISM. THEY ARE COWARDS

  14. Once your mind and way of thinking is captured by the oppressor, one is no longer interested in the well being or struggles of one’s own people.
    One of the key weapons of the oppressor is; capture the mind and the body will follow.
    It is captured with fame and wealth/money.

  15. There's a reason why Mr. Ali is "The Greatest". Thank you Mr. Ali. thank you!

  16. we need more thinkers and revolutionary people I mean really what has lil wayne beyonce and jay z done for the community even tupac said we need more thinkers and less people playing basketball

  17. Chanel , You are Not offending anyone by giving love, and respect to our Champ Muhammad Ali. The truth is the ones that are presently fighting today, shouldn't be!! Our people especially,Black People shouldn't be fighting for their enemy, We don't owe them a Dam thing, in fact they owe us!! We are not considered Americans(And if you truly knew the history of Caucasians/AMERIKKKA) you would not call yourself that either. We are treated and looked on as Sub-human, lower than an Animal, this is why it is so easy for Caucasians to kill any one of us without any reproach. Amerikkka (in which is a Corporation, and not a Country) has lied to all the peop0le through out it's war history. All of the wars that you may be familiar with were started by Amerikkka, and I have the facts to prove it. The problem today is our young people don't want to read, don't seek the proper information to read,Are being trained in Inferior Schools,
    many just believe what they hear on the news, or what is in a book written by your enemy, And many are not Critical Thinkers. The news that you receive in other countries outside of this, is totally different a little more factual. This news is full with Propaganda , mind control.Did you know that during World War II Black Soldiers couldn't even ride in the same area of the train with Captured German Soldiers. Black Soldiers were Lynched in their Military Uniforms by Caucasians Soldiers. I am not teaching Hate, I am teaching Truth! Facts that many of us would not like to deal with, we only want to bury our heads in the sand and pretend like Racism don't exist.!!

  18. That speech is a relevant today as it was then. Our enemies are in America, we have no rights here so why kill people who have done nothing to us. Always a champion.

  19. Denise Shabazz Waaah Waah, Waah.. Stop the nonsense. *MOST* Black American kids today aren't being trained in inferior schools, especially since training starts at the home. The truth of the matter is that most black homes do not instill the same fervor for education as whites and asians irrespective of what school they attend! That's not the school's fault, my fault, or White America's fault, that's their fault and the fault of their parents! Harvard, Columbia, Berkeley, Yale, Brown, UPenn, UVA, MIT, and other fine schools aren't keeping black students from attending, it's black students' GPA and test scores that are keeping them from attending! When black students have a 4.2 high school GPA and near perfect SAT scores or make 172 on the LSAT (law school admissions test) and still can't get into a top school, THEN you have a leg to stand on, but right now you're just telling an old crusty lie.

    I home school my kids, I buy books at Goodwill on discount day so I can get algebra and chemistry books for my (here it comes) kids under 10, so by the time they're 16, they will already have completed (hopefully) 2 years of college; but that takes planning and good parenting as opposed to bellyaching about how a child's education is some school's fault. You should be ashamed of yourself because you're an embarrassment to your race.

    If you had a clue, you'd figure out that a PARENT is in charge of their kid's education and IF that child attends public school, then school is only their to augment what a parent should've already taught their kid! I don't let some ratty, or great school do my job… what about you?

    It's my job to make sure that my kid eat, sleeps, drinks, and craps, math and science… that way, they're in a better position to do research, get accepted to a top university, and are in a great position to have options, and easily command a well paying career… and not some paycheck-to-paycheck job such as doing hair or some other service job. Knowing all the black history in the world doesn't get you a well paying career that will enable you to foster a better environment for your child(ren), housing in a prime area, the ability to travel with your kids to increase learning and their penchant for learning, etc.. Get off that tired tongue wagging train and get real. Either you're going to show young black men and women how to break the cycle of ignorance or you're going to tongue-wag on the internet like an all-too-typical stumbling block.

    White or Black- your child's education is on YOU as a parent. The sooner black moms and dads get that through their thick skulls, the sooner this senseless embarrassing bellyaching will stop.

    Generally speaking, there isn't a 30 year old black male or female today that has an excuse for not being whatever it is they might want to be in life. Black kids and their parents are overwhelmingly lazy when it comes to education compared to Whites and Asians, and yes… I said it!

    Spend 8 hours in the downtown New Orleans Library and look at the demographic who uses the library most, and or most per capita. Either way, It's shameful!

  20. We need less sour bitter jealous ass wannabe elders that hate their youth

  21. Ali was the truth. He stood for reality, not celebrity.

  22. The elder is right this time. Don't have to hate the youth to make an honest assessment of what is put forth to be championed by our youth and fully embraced by some of them… No, F the BS fantasy rappers and all the distractions that come with it.

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