It’s a good thing retired boxer Laila Ali got tips on footwork from her superstar dad, because she’s had to bob and weave to avoid some serious haymakers from fans upset over her remarks about Black Lives Matter.
The boxing champ said she appreciated what the San Francisco 49ers player was doing by sitting down or taking a knee during the anthem:
“I commend Colina Kaepernick because he had a lot of courage…he knows what he’s talking about, he’s very passionate about it. He’s trying to speak up for people who can’t speak for themselves.
…But at the same time I don’t expect everybody to do it. Everybody’s not that individual. Everyone is not Colin, everybody’s not Muhammad. I’m not. I could be there on the front lines, but I’m a mom. I’m like ok cuz trust me I could be a soldier on the front lines but it’s ok you have to choose. Do I want to be at home with my kids or do I want to be a fighter and say ‘sorry kids mama has to go out and fight the world.'”
But at the 5:00 mark, Ali explained why she wasn’t personally making a public stand about the BLM movement. That’s when she got into some trouble with her fans:
Ali told interviewer Jacques Morel Jr. that the issue separates people rather than unites them, which is one of the reasons she doesn’t post about Black Lives Matter on social media:
“I don’t ever like to make people feel separate.
By me not posting, it doesn’t mean that black lives don’t matter. To me, it’s obvious that black lives matter. And then… I’m like, what is posting going to do? What is speaking out going to do?”
If that weren’t enough to send the alarm bells pealing in the heads of social justice warriors, she then ‘went there’ when she stated the three words that have been trigger words for them:
“Yes, black lives matter. Yes, white lives matter, Asian lives matter. All lives matter. And that’s kind of what my focus is. But it’s hard because, you know, you’ve got sponsors and you’ve got this and you’ve got that. And you don’t want to step on anybody’s toes. And you’re trying to be politically correct, but at the same time trying to uplift your people.” [emphasis added]
Fans who remembered her father’s willingness to go to jail as a ‘conscientious objector’ for opposing the Vietnam War wouldn’t hear of her stance.
They decided to tell the daughter about her father:
They took her to task for being afraid to upset her “diverse friends” and sponsors:
Ali told The Huffington Post that she believes black people need to change things, too:
“I would think about what can I do as a family to take responsibility for our actions. So, I think as black people, we have to do the things that we can do to make a change within our own community within ourselves first and then let the trickle effect happen.”
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