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Sunday, June 04, 2017
January 17, 1942 - June 3, 2016
A year after his passing, I have been startled to see the type of new tributes to Muhammad Ali that have appeared. It is not just that these tributes have come now, but that they are so passionate and emotional. There is the tribute by the Syrian hip-hop group Black Bannerz, and the video by Andre Ward, to cite the most impressive ones I've seen.
Yeah, we thought we had seen and heard it all about Ali, right?
But then the filthy Trump got elected, and all sorts of hatred and bigotry burst forth into public view and was made acceptable by very powerful forces. Add to this the regular reports of mass killings, terrorist attacks, and unending wars, and the humanity and humor of Muhammad Ali seem like they were from another world. Maybe, in a sense, they were.
We also have few real heroes in sport or anything else today, so we mourn his loss even more than we might in different circumstances, in a world which was appearing to resolve its crises without compounding them.
It is not so much that we haven't healed from his long-expected death, but that the world today seems to lack anyone like him, or, more importantly, the hope and love he embodied.
The world sure needs you today, champ.
Ali VT - Master (Non TX) from David Finch on Vimeo.