Muhammad Ali Jr. says that his late father would consider Black Lives Matter protesters to be "terrorists" and "devils."
Not only was Muhammad Ali known for his work inside of the boxing ring, but he was an activist, as well. The sports icon is known as one of the greatest boxers to ever lace up a pair of gloves, but back in 1967, he also became a hated figure for refusing to fight in the Vietnam War during the draft. Ali went on to speak at colleges and universities during the time that his boxing license was taken away, even delivering his famous "Black is Best" speech a Howard University. Despite his history with the Civil Rights Movement and advocacy for Black people, the champion's only son, Muhammad Ali Jr., insists that, if alive, his father would declare Black Lives Matter to be "devils."
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‘‘Black Lives Matter is not a peaceful protest. Antifa never wanted it peaceful. I would take them all out... My father would have said, ‘They ain’t nothing but devils.’ My father said, ‘All lives matter.’ I don’t think he’d agree," Ali Jr. told the New York Post. He then said Black Lives Matter is "racist" and "terrorists", saying, "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."
“Police don’t wake up and think, ‘I’m going to kill a n—-r today or kill a white man,'” Ali Jr. added. “They’re just trying to make it back home to their family in one piece... The officer was wrong with killing [George Floyd], 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.”
While he speaks on behalf of his father, Muhammad Ali Jr. admitted that during the last decade of his father's life, their relationship "completely fell apart." Muhammad Ali passed away in 2016.