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Muhammad Ali, … really?

Ya, ya you know where this is going.  Let the flaming begin …

Muhammad Ali?  Really?  That’s the guy we want to associate with King?  Or with anything remotely 99% for that matter?

Ya, he didn’t want to go kill people in Vietnam (FDL #1, #2):

I ain’t got no quarrel with the Vietcong. No Vietcong ever called me Nigger

No, I am not going 10,000 miles to help murder, kill, and burn other people to simply help continue the domination of white slavemasters over dark people the world over. This is the day and age when such evil injustice must come to an end

Well I applaud the sentiment.  And for the other wars … crickets.  Korea?  Iraq?  Afghanistan? … [insert useless American war here]?  So what happened to this champion of peace and anti-war persona?  Was he really against wars, or was he against him fighting in a war?  Him killing people?  Or him being killed?  But it’s OK for others to do it under an American flag?  So how many others have decided they don’t want to kill, but others killing … well not that important?  I mean is this really all anyone needs to do to get applause?  Because in that case ask any richer person if they want to go to war, or if they want their children to go to war.  You’re only going to need 1 guess, but I’ll give you two.

You folks do know he’s a 1%er, right?  Just like Jobs.  His net worth is … well different sources say 80 million, or 55 million.  So he’s a 1%er by a wide margin.  And what has he done with all his loot?  Has he made an effort to fight the PTB or even help out African American unemployment (what is it now 50% in some areas)?



These numbers, first 2007 then 2009-2010, by the Economic Policy Institute show really high numbers for African Americans.  And what has Ali done about it?  Has he even tried to do anything?

How about when he didn’t have Parkinson’s?  How about then?  When he was fit and healthy, and rich?

Jobs was a slave-wager.  He was CEO of Apple. And did nothing about it.  He did nothing about it.  And Apple is currently hording 81.5 billion, 66% overseas to avoid paying US taxes.  But what about Ali?  He’s not hording cash overseas.  But seriously, what has he done for the 99%?  And should he do anything for that matter?  Most people don’t.  So he’s … normal.  Average.  He does what most 1%ers do, … buy stuff for themselves, and mostly nothing beyond token gestures for the 99%.

So why the applause?  Why the glorification?  Or is this just the way it is … glorification because … he was a great boxer?  Is this all we’ve become?  A nation that glorifies and fawns over the wealthy?  Who cares what they’ve done, they’re rich, and we must … glorify and applaud them?  And why do I care if he’s black, … white, or fuchsia for that matter.  He’s a 1%er.  And I can see clearly who’s side he’s on.  Not on ours.

Can we please stop glorifying the 1%?  I mean this is getting ridiculous.  Why not glorify all the other 1%ers who do nothing for us as well?  Why not glorify Paris Hilton, or the Kardishans, or the Lohans?  They also do nothing for the 99.  But they don’t do anything against us either.  They too would say no to going to war.  Ask them, see what they say (do you really need to?).  So if we’re glorifying all the 1% who are living in the lap of 10 luxuries, while the 99%, twitch away our lives like a fish on land, then I say we glorify Paris Hilton.  Why not, she’s hotter.  Just saying.

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