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The son of heavyweight boxing champ and legend Muhammed Ali blasted the “Black Lives Matter” movement and said his father would be doing the same thing.
Speaking on the fourth anniversary of his legendary father’s death, Muhammed Ali Jr. referred to the movement as “racist” while referring to its members as “devils,” adding that his dad would have been disgusted by the violence and overt racism in the name of ‘black lives.’
“Don’t bust up s**t, don’t trash the place,” he told the New York Post. “You can peacefully protest. My father would have said, ‘They ain’t nothing but devils.’ My father said, ‘all lives matter.’ I don’t think he’d agree.”
As for the ideology behind the BLM movement itself, Ali Jr. — who, like his father, is a Muslim — said, “I think it’s racist.”
“It’s not just black lives matter, white lives matter, Chinese lives matter, all lives matter, everybody’s life matters. God loves everyone — he never singled anyone out. Killing is wrong no matter who it is,” Ali Jr. continued in a lengthy interview with the Post.
The boxing great’s son also refused to condemn police officers generally.
“Police don’t wake up and think, ‘I’m going to kill a n***r today or kill a white man,’” he said. “They’re just trying to make it back home to their family in one piece.”
Regarding the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, Ali Jr. was also insightful.
“The officer was wrong with killing that person, but people don’t realize there was more footage than what they showed. The guy resisted arrest, the officer was doing his job, but he used the wrong tactic,” he said.
The son of the boxing great also agrees with President Donald Trump that the anarchist group Antifa caused and fomented violence during the ensuing protests following Floyd’s death and that its members should be labeled domestic terrorists.
“They’re no different from Muslim terrorists. They should all get what they deserve. They’re f**king up businesses, beating up innocent people in the neighborhood, smashing up police stations and shops,” Ali Jr. said.
“They’re terrorists – they’re terrorizing the community. I agree with the peaceful protests, but the Antifa, they need to kill everyone in that thing.
“Black Lives Matter is not a peaceful protest. Antifa never wanted it peaceful. I would take them all out,” Ali Jr. continued.
On Friday, the United Nations tweeted out a picture of an Antifa flag, voicing “concern” over the president’s designation of the group as “domestic terrorists.”
UN #HumanRights experts express profound concern over a recent statement by the US Attorney-General describing #Antifa and other anti-fascist activists as domestic terrorists, saying it undermines the rights to freedom of expression and of peaceful assembly in the country. pic.twitter.com/2Pz2dMyq8k
— UN Geneva (@UNGeneva) June 19, 2020
Ali Jr., a father of two, lives in Hallandale Beach, Fla., and has struggled in recent years to earn a living as a landscape gardener and construction worker. He has said recently that he only receives $1,000 a month from his father’s estimated $60 million estate.
The Post adds:
“The Greatest” had nine children — Muhammad Jr., eight daughters and an adopted son, Asaad Amin — with four wives. Junior was the fourth-born to first wife Belinda Boyd, who converted to Islam and now goes by Khalilah Ali.
After the retired champ married his final wife Lonnie Williams in 1986, relations between son and father began to fray and, in the last decade of Ali’s life, completely fell apart. Ali blames his step-mom for the estrangement.
As his father spent his final days in Scottsdale, Ariz., Ali Jr. was living in a small apartment on Chicago’s violent, crime-ridden South Side.
The repentant son also pushed back against the BLM narrative that black men, especially, are randomly and frequently targeted by police as part of their departments’ ‘systemic racism.’ He told the Post he was never stopped or harassed by cops, and continued to defend them against what he views as unwarranted and unfounded accusations.
“Not all the police are bad, there’s just a few. There’s a handful of police that are crooked, they should be locked up,” he said. “I never had a bad scene with a cop. They’ve always been nice and protect me. I don’t have a problem with them.”
As for BLM, “it’s a racial statement,” Ali Jr. said. “It’s pitting black people against everyone else. It starts racial things to happen; I hate that.”
Jon is a staff writer for BizPac Review with 30 years' worth of reporting experience, as well as an author and U.S. Army veteran. He has a BA in political science from Ashford University and an MA in national security studies/intelligence analysis from American Military University.
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