The Media’s Saint of the Diversity Religion was anything but
When Muhammad Ali announced that he would not fight in Viet Nam because, "No Viet Cong ever called me nigger" I could see the genius in what he said. In those seven words he furnished every black man in America a credible reason not to submit to conscription. Our first reaction was to hope that some NASCAR driver up for the draft in North Carolina would refuse because, "No Viet Cong ever called me a redneck" (back in the 1960s "redneck" was a term of abuse, not a proud signifier as it is today).
Ali was no kind of politically correct person but due to the Establishment media's well-known tactic of omission, his c.v. has been airbrushed and he's been remade into a certified saint of the Diversity Religion. Journalist Jim Goad has penned the best antidote to the falsification by excavating some choice quotes from the boxing champion (our personal favorite is this clip). The following is excerpted from Mr. Goad’s column in Taki's Magazine online:
Because we live in an era much weaker and more sensitive than it was during Ali’s prime, his death is being eulogized with the sort of solemn, sanctimony-addled, weak-tea, low-T, hagiographic twaddle we’ve come to expect from neutered zombie bloggers on antidepressants. Just as mainstream history has Photoshopped all the warts off Nelson Mandela and MLK, Ali is now strictly framed as an inspirational figure who “spoke out against racism.” (Certainly they don’t mean the time he condemned interracial sex before a cheering crowd of Klansmen?)
The sad truth is that by shellacking history with a paintbrush soaked in modern pieties, they’re suppressing how hilariously insensitive Ali was. For example, after being forced into an impromptu photo session with The Beatles in 1964, he reportedly turned to an associate and asked, “So who were those little faggots?”
From 1964 to 1980, Clay/Ali gifted the world with a string of spectacularly insensitive comments that would get any modern white man socially exiled to Pluto for daring to utter their equivalent:
“Integration is wrong. The white people don’t want integration. I don’t believe in forcing it….” —1964 interview with the Louisville Courier-Journal
“Every intelligent person wants his child to look like him. I’m sad because I [don’t] want to blot out my race and lose my beautiful identity? Chinese love Chinese—they love their little slanted-eyed, pretty brown-skinned babies. Pakistanis love their culture. Jewish people love their culture. Lotta Catholics don’t wanna marry nothing but Catholics, they want their religion to stay the same. Who wanna spot up yourself and kill your race? You a hater of your people if you don’t want to stay who you are.” —1971 BBC interview with the portentously named Michael Parkinson
“A black man should be killed if he’s messing with a white woman. And white men have always done that….And not just white men—black men, too. We will kill you, and the brothers who don’t kill you will get their behinds whipped and probably get killed themselves if they let it happen and don’t do nothin’ about it.”
—1975 interview with Playboy
“You know the entire power structure is Zionist. They control America; they control the world.” —1980 interview with India Today
At the 1960 Rome Olympics, Ali told a reporter: “To me, the U.S.A. is still the best country in the world, counting yours. It may be hard to eat sometimes, but anyhow I ain’t fighting alligators and living in a mud hut.”
After Ali spent months training in Zaire to fight George Foreman, a reporter asked him his impressions of Africa.