Sunday, August 12, 2018

Quote of the Day

Like the great thinkers and leaders who preceded him -- from Du Bois, to Anna Julia Cooper, to Ida B. Wells-Barnett, to Paul Robeson, to Pauli Murray, and to King and Malcolm -- Ali's embrace of the world's beleaguered and downtrodden masses forced the nation to come to grips with its foul treatment of its own citizens of color.  Thus, like those figures, Ali's insistence that America do the right thing was far more loyal to the nation's ideals than those figures who savaged the once-deposed champ in the name of American patriotism.

-- Michael Eric Dyson, What Truth Sounds Like, p. 242-243

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