COLUMN: The Greatest flew like a butterfly, stung like a bee

2016-06-09 06:00
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The passing of The Greatest was a sad thing, but inevitable. Everyone expected him to die, as if we aren’t. But his was because he had Parkinson Disease. And it wasn’t nice, if you know what I mean.

That man had life. He was active, and full of energy, and to be reduced to this. Such is life. We reap what we sow. Not only did the Black Superman rain blows on his opponents. He took some too.

And his enemies wanted him annihilated, because he had a Big Mouth. He was good at taunting them, and good at provoking them. He was sure of himself. And he called himself The Greatest.

I wasn’t going to write about Mohammed Ali, but something made me to.

And that something was because only one person in my correspondence talked about him. And that too was referring to his disease.

Now my correspondence is special. It is about knowing yourself. It is about reminding you about who are you and why you are here. And I think Mohammed Ali was here for a special reason. And this is what I wanted to hear.

And nobody was saying it. Those who don’t know Ali, would like to know, “What was so special about this man?” For me to answer that, you have to look at the times of the day.

Those were the days of Jim Crow. Nobody expected a black man to do well. And here was this tall black man threatening the citadel of white supremacy. According to racists, white people were great.

And white people could not be beaten. Unlike in South Africa, in America blacks could fight with whites. And they were looking for this White Hope; when was he coming? And this White Hope was a white fighter.

In other words, when was he coming to take over the World Heavyweight Boxing Championship, which was in the hands of a black man? And to be specific, that black man was Ali.

This is why the black Diaspora loved Ali. He redeemed black pride.

Everywhere the white world thought blacks inferior. And the argument was; how could blacks be inferior when one black man beat the hell out of them?

Ali even said it himself; I am The Greatest. Including white boxers.

He was greater than them. And that to black people, felt good. As I said, he redeemed black pride. We loved him, young and old. We all did.

Let me end by quoting one of his quotes. He said, “The man who has no imagination has no wings.” Ali flew. He flew with the greatest. He flew with Dr. Martin Luther King jr. He flew with Malcolm X. He flew with The Beatles. He flew with them all. That is why he was The Greatest. Stay positive.

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