In our opinion, Muhammad Ali was a great man no matter what. His death, though we knew it was coming, still hurts. Muhammad passed surrounded by family and friends on Friday at a Phoenix-area hospital, where he had spent the past few days being treated for respiratory complications. He was 74.
Family spokesman Bob Gunnell told reporters: “After a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74. The three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer died this evening.”
Rasheda (Ali’s daughter) said early Saturday that the legend was “no longer suffering,” describing him as “daddy, my best friend and hero” as well as “the greatest man that ever lived.”
Many have been kind about the passing of the boxing great, but there are those that have said he was not that great of a man, stating: “He was a draft dodger and member of groups that taught white people were devils and to stay with your own kind.”
Now, there was in fact an issue of “dodging the draft” but according to documents it was because of his religion stating: “War is against the teachings of the Holy Qur’an. I’m not trying to dodge the draft. We are not supposed to take part in no wars unless declared by Allah or The Messenger. We don’t take part in Christian wars or wars of any unbelievers. I ain’t got no quarrel with them Viet Cong … They never called me nigger.”
As far as the groups he was a member of and helped finance, yes… we found that back in the day he was in fact a member of many “black pride power movements” and many interviews like this one confirmed his feeling towards racism and staying with your own kind.
Was he racist against other colors, that is up for debate, but you have to also remember the time he grew up in. In our opinion, regardless of his past, he had proved time and time again that he loved all people regardless of color, and his boxing has inspired so many to strive for success.