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Fifty years ago this past Wednesday, April 28, Muhammad Ali gave up his heavyweight title – and millions of dollars – in protest against the Vietnam War and systemic racism. He then spent three years in prison. Today’s athletes like Maya Moore and Colin Kaepernick have courageously followed Ali’s actions, themselves forfeiting millions, along with athletic honors, in the cause of social justice.

When we hesitate to push back against the racism we encounter, let’s think of Ali, Moore, Kaepernick, and others like them, to give us the courage to do the same.

Bob Giolitto

8 comments

Bryan Meek April 30, 2021 at 7:23 am

Fact. Colin Kaerpenick never once took a knee while he was the stating QB. He only ever kneeled after he was benched. This is not up for debate and comparing his media stunt to Ali’s is an insult.

Bryan Meek April 30, 2021 at 7:27 am

Ali didn’t foment a war on police that has seen dozens killed in cold blood just because of the blue they wear. And let’s be frank about systemic racism. The very politicians who are pandering to the movement are and have been the system. It is the Hartford machine that has created hell holes in our cities where there is no opportunity other than government handouts. Only the private sector can lift people out of poverty not government.

JustaTaxpayer April 30, 2021 at 2:49 pm

I’m all in favor of fighting racism. In terms of Ali, he never served time in prison so let’s get facts straight

If we truly want to fight racism, understand that data from San Fran showed that in 2000 attacks on asians, 82% were perpetrated by white racists…..OOPS, 82% were committed by blacks!!!

I’ve been spit on (from the crowd while playing basketball as a teen), assaulted (for being white) both verbally and physically. So yes, let’s stand up to racism. I’m right there with you.

Bob Giolitto April 30, 2021 at 2:56 pm

Bryan Meek, as usual you mix facts with assumptions that you would like to be facts but aren’t. Fact: Ali never waged a war against police. Fiction: what you call a “war” (they are overwhelmingly peaceful protests) against police is not because the police wear blue, it is because black people have been for decades treated brutally by many policemen. Fact: Many of the “politicians who are pandering to the movement are and have been the system.” Fiction: ” It is the Hartford machine that has created hell holes in our cities where there is no opportunity other than government handouts.” Fact: The hell holes of which you speak were created by racist policies that denied black people equal opportunity for mortgages, education, employment, and fair wages, hence the accuracy of the word systemic. Fact: For over 400 years the private sector (cotton plantations in the south and cotton factories in the north; the coal mines of Pennsylvania and West Virginia; sweatshops in New York; sharecropping ranches in Texas to name a few, plus trickle down economics) have not lifted people out of poverty, but deliberately kept them in poverty.

Michael McGuire April 30, 2021 at 7:47 pm

Bryan brings up good points. Here is another angle or way to push on this. If you want to identify the organizations and individuals that foster “systemic racism” use the concept of “equity” as a lens to look backward and uncover who really benefited. Take any area or issue and simply look backward in time and figure out who was the real beneficiary. Who gained power, status, and influence? Said another way, who had the real equity stake in the game?

Let’s do an example with the welfare system. Who really benefited from this massive government program that oversaw the explosion of fatherless homes that devastated urban and poor neighborhoods leaving a five-decade long trail of lost hope and crushed dreams?
The following is sobering, sad really, and reflects 1 years’ worth of data using the fiscal year 2011.

“The Congressional Research Service identified 83 overlapping federal welfare programs that together represented the single largest budget item in 2011—more than the nation spends on Social Security, Medicare, or national defense. The total amount spent on these 80-plus federal welfare programs amounts to roughly $1.03 trillion. Importantly, these figures solely refer to means-tested welfare benefits. They exclude entitlement programs to which people contribute (e.g., Social Security and Medicare).”

You would think with that type of funding some real progress could have been made. Instead, after 50 years of this type of funding (our tax dollars at work) we still have crumbling cities that are economic wastelands with disgraceful public school. Its as if the system is designed for the failure of those on the receiving end.

The beneficiaries? The politicians and bureaucrats who control and profit from this system. They wield enormous power by overseeing the largest budget item at the federal and state level.
Does racism exist – of course it does, by all races against all races, always has. But not anywhere close to the extent our political leaders, and ruling elite would have you believe. I am beginning to see that their “racialization” of everything is designed to distract us from “their equity”. After all, how does a career politician become a multi-millionaires when they never made more than $174,000 per year.

You can use this same tool here at home. Pick a topic/issue like our ever-growing City budget, lack of a SoNo elementary school, sanctuary City status, zoning reform, police reform, affordable housing, Norwalk Parking Authority, or my favorite – POKO.
What do you think?

JustaTaxpayer April 30, 2021 at 9:37 pm

Mr G

Do you know any Asian Americans who have been targeted by blacks?
Does the breakdown of the black family or abortion of black babies have a solution? If so, please elaborate?
Does the increase of legal and illegal immigrants have any impact on black families?

If my questions are too out there, please let all of us know. Yes, racism is vile.

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