Muhammad Ali Supported The KKK

“I says, ‘Black people should marry their own women.’ I said, ‘Bluebirds with bluebirds. Red birds with red birds. Pigeons with pigeons. Eagles with eagles. God didn’t make no mistake!’ ” —Muhammad Ali

In A Nutshell

Among the thousands of white faces, hidden under pointed shrouds, a black face walked up the steps and addressed the assembled KKK members. He told them that he believed in what they were fighting for, and that his organization also shared those beliefs. That man was Muhammad Ali.

The Whole Bushel

To put this into context, we need to start at the beginning. Muhammad Ali was born Cassius Clay. He changed his name when he joined the controversial group, the Nation Of Islam. Although founded on Islamic beliefs, the Nation Of Islam has some bizarre ideas that are in no way supported by the Koran. One of those beliefs is that when Armageddon happens, Nation Of Islam members will be saved by a UFO sent from God. Basically, the Nation of Islam is to Islam as Mormonism is to Christianity—not widely accepted by the mainstream Christians or Muslims. It was beliefs like these, along with their black separatism, that meant that Muhammad Ali was once very unpopular in the United States and that his organization were often likened to a black KKK.

The Nation Of Islam controlled Muhammad Ali in many ways, often orchestrating what he said or did in public. Probably the most bizarre thing the Nation Of Islam ever did was to reach out to the leaders of the actual Klu Klux Klan. It was their belief that although the Klan was undoubtedly racist, mainstream politicians that peaceful campaigners for civil rights were reaching out to were just as racist behind close doors. It was then decided that to facilitate this “friendship” Muhammad Ali would speak on their behalf at a Klan rally.

When the day came, Ali obliged. He turned up at the rally and stood on the stage, faced by some of the most evil hate-filled men in existence and told them that they were kind of right. That racial mixing was bad, according to him. He told them how the Nation Of Islam, and he himself, also shared their ideals on racial segregation and how “eagles should be with eagles” and so forth. Of course, as Muhammad Ali became one of the most well-known and well-loved sportsmen of history, this embarrassing event was swept under the rug.

Show Me The Proof

Minister Abdul Rahman Muhammad & Muhammad Ali (video)
The Telegraph: Muhammad Ali’s meetings with Ku Klux Klan leaders revealed by documentary
Redemption Song: Muhammad Ali and the Spirit of the Sixties, Mike Marqusee

  • inconspicuous detective

    and this is what i’m talking about when i say we should see more lesser – known facts on the site. well done, very interesting. athletes get away with a TON of BS these days, too. rothlesberger (there’s an “i” in there, somewhere i think) is a rapist, pacman jones was involved in multiple shootings either directly or indirectly, and there are others. this glorification has to stop, i would think, at some point. the question is when?

    • smh

      smh no big ben isn’t a rapist. explain something to me, if u were a woman and I raped u, would u then turn around and marry me after we settled in or out of court? same thing with Michael Jackson ill go as far to say that he might very well have been a pedo however its a fact that one of those first kids came out and said that their daddy put em up to it.

      • Nicole Turner

        Andrea McNulty was his accuser. Ashley Harlan is his wife. Where the hell do you get your information?

        • inconspicuous detective

          saw that and wondered what he was on about, too.

    • Limesy

      I would agree with you (even though I rarely do, friend) but the Knowledgenuts article directly above this is yet another article about Columbus’s contemporaries already knowing the world was round. *yawn* That being said, however, I did enjoy this one one.

      P.S. I believe the correct spelling is Rapesberger.

      • inconspicuous detective

        hey, if you rarely agree feel free to discuss whatever the topic is with me. it’s better than up/downvoting and getting no dialogue.

  • Arjan Hut

    No comment.

    • Hadeskabir

      I’ve been saying that for years!!!

    • Scott

      Sorry, I want my kids to look like me.

      • rgrgregreghrtrttesa

        RAAAAAACIIIIIIISSSSSSST!!!!!!!!!! FUCKING EXTERMINATE WHITEY!!!!!!!!

        HEIL OBAMA!!!!!!

      • Jasmin Bisiaux

        O.o
        We all started in Africa anyway. Skin color is just corresponding to the amount of melanin in your skin. Which in the beginning was decided by the amount of sun that you were exposed to. As humans moved out of Africa into places with less sun they need to become lighter so they could adsorb more sun. Skin color is the same as height and eye color. So if you want your child to look like you it would be just as smart to discriminate against them if they have blue eyes and you have brown.

        • Bakii

          It is facial features and body type. Skin color is notable but there are “black” people with a lighter skin tone than caucasoids

    • rgrgregreghrtrttesa

      fucking disgusting.

      enjoy your sickle cell anemia

      enjoy being able to find a bone marrow donor.

      enjoy being a sickly and dumb mongrel.

      • Stanislaw Twitchymeat

        “Your words are as empty as your soul. Mankind ill needs a sav–”

        Nevermind. You’re just an idiot racist.

      • Nomsheep

        Enjoy your skin cancer.

      • lonelydisco

        You are an ugly, ugly soul.

  • Exiled Phoenix

    Bastard!! Segregation is as stupid as the religions that support them!!

    • Olerud_4_Life

      Fail

    • Scott

      Not really.

  • Evan Belgard

    15 million Mormons worldwide and that number is growing. You should have compared the Nation of Islam to Scientology not the Mormons. (You know, the whole spaceship thingy)

    • Limesy

      That comparison is not determinate of the number of people each religion represents; more so, the crazy beliefs that they hold as “truths”. Nice try though.

  • The Ou7law

    Hey me and Muhammed Ali had something in common holy spit

  • DFK

    There a clip of ali talking about this incident in the documentry “The Thrilla In Manilla”

  • BobbyLight

    He didn’t really support the KKK, though. He supported their belief in racial segregation. He was obviously on the other side of that particular coin, so he deeply detested the KKK.

    • Paynefully

      Good point that’s what I got from this as well

  • Blahblahblah

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    • The Ou7law

      Hey im gonna need to ask you to calm down

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        • The Ou7law

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          • Blahblahblah

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          • The Ou7law

            lol where are you from

          • Blahblahblah

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          • The Ou7law

            Good ol Ohio which is probably the shittiest state in the US haha

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          • The Ou7law

            Ha yeah i take it you have never been here before lol

  • Scott

    I think it’s a bit pathetic and ridiculous to say that KKK members were “some of the most evil, hate-filled men in existence.” The majority of KKK members were just normal dudes who grew up in a different time and had different beliefs than we do. That doesn’t make them evil.

    • Jasmin Bisiaux

      I equate the KKK to Hitler…so ya evil.

      • JBH9190

        I equate you to a fool. The KKK is nothing more than a gang. I doubt the word evil has ever crossed your mind any time you’ve heard of any all-black gang. The bloods alone have killed hundreds, if not thousands more than the KKK could have ever dreamed of (not including all the people who have ODed on the drugs they have sold) That’s just the bloods.. that doesn’t include the vice-lords, black guerilla family, crips, and the countless other gangs which completely segregate themselves by choice. Comparing the KKK to Adolf Hitler is undeniably one of the most idiotic things I have ever heard.

        • bob ab

          And I equate you to being bored out of your mind…. posting random comments on a story that was posted on a previous day. Get a life…. or better yet, take the one that you have.

      • Blahblahblah

        Hitlers more important than you could ever be

        • Stanislaw Twitchymeat

          Your mother is important to me… well, depending on whether or not it’s free soup and salad night at “Olive Garden”

          That’s her going rate. Gotta feed the sow before I can plow, if you get my drift.

      • Scott

        Well dear, that’s because you’re dumb.

        • Stanislaw Twitchymeat

          And you have mental problems. Guess it all works out in the end.

    • Paynefully

      I bet you won’t use the same excuse for Al Qaeda members so why give the Klan a pass? I mean they are a product of their time and environment too right?

    • Stanislaw Twitchymeat

      I think of the KKK like a bunch of bumbling idiots. The way they were portrayed in Django Unchained is pretty accurate.

      • Scott

        That’s because you’re stupid.

        • Stanislaw Twitchymeat

          Didn’t mean to offend you or the group you belong to. After all, membership is at an all-time low.

    • cmack510

      normal people?, do normal people tie up people to the back of there trucks an drag them around till they die?, do normal people burn crosses on peoples yards ? , do normal people go around screaming racial slurs at people all day?….i dont think so

  • bob ab

    Stick To Your Own Kind is Bullshit! We All Black When The Lights Go Out.

    • JBH9190

      I’m not. I’m assuming you’re black because if you’re not it’s wrong for you to say the word black. Oh, and the fact you left out the “are” in between the words we and all so that’s also an indication.

      • bob ab

        lol you’re an idiot. The quote above was from a 90s sitcom. I’m white genius. All black when the lights go out implies that in a pitch black/dark room everybody would be black. Damn, what are you seven?

        • Ray

          If you think that you become black when you can’t see yourself, you’re the seven year old.

          • bob ab

            Humanity is doomed. If your talking to someone in a PITCH BLACK room, what color does your eyes see them as?

          • Ray

            My eyes wouldn’t see them at all. Are you seven years old?

          • bob ab

            Exactly! You would only see black! i.e, we’re all black when the lights go out. lol I feel sorry for you, things have to be explained to you as if you’re a child smh.

          • Ray

            You’re just retarded. I can’t see with my eyes closed either. I’m still not black.

          • bob ab

            Smh wow. Close your eyes, now tell me what color are you seeing? It doesn’t require a long sentence either, simply give me an answer with one word.

          • Ray

            Eyelids

          • bob ab

            I said COLOR.

          • Ray

            It doesn’t matter what color I see when I close my eyes. My skin is still white or at least what people call white. No one is actually black or white.

          • bob ab

            No Shit Sherlock! The quote from the show was, “we’re all black when the lights go out”…… anybody with half of a brain understands that it wasn’t implying your skin magically transforming to another color and/or your race changing. It’s simply stating that if you were in a pitch black room and began having sex, you would not know if the other individual was black, white, asian or any other race. The reason being….. your EYES would not be able to tell the difference. Get it now genius?

          • Ray

            I get that it’s stupid, but I got that to begin with.

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  • Iman Ali

    I’m really glad the writer of this article made clear the difference between Islam and the Nation of Islam.

  • rgrgregreghrtrttesa

    RACE MIXING IS DISGUSTING!!!!!!!

  • Paynefully

    I’ve heard reports of polar bears and grizzly bears mating, dogs and cats with different color fur don’t give a damn, so the eagle with eagle example is stupid, as if blacks and whites are different species that’s the kind of poor metaphor id expect from a brain damaged boxer.

  • JBH9190

    “some of the most evil-hate filled men in America.” No one dare say this same statement about the Nation of Islam or any all-black gang in America unless you wish to be on the news. Where I live, uttering the word “black” is considered to be racist. It has to be “African-American” but you here the word white 10 times more than you’ll hear “Caucasian”. Things like cracker, whitey, and wonderbread get thrown around left and right but if I were to say the word “nigga” I’d undoubtedly get beat down by an angry mob (the only way I’ve seen these people fight is when it is at least 3 on 1). I might be able to respect their views about the word if the majority of them hadn’t effectively made a joke out of it and every other aspect of their heritage. You don’t hear Asians calling themselves chink, you don’t hear whites calling themselves cracker, and tell me the last time you heard a Latino call another Latino a spic. You haven’t.. ever. Meanwhile, these people throw this word around, often times using it upwards of 5 times in one sentence. I’ve been told that my family “owned slaves for over 500 years.” If you call them out on skipping ahead of you in a line it’s because they’re black. If you look at one of them in the eyes for a second too long you are doing it because they’re black but then 5 minutes later when you ask that person why they never shut up they’ll reply “what you expect man, I’m black.” I’ve also heard on multiple occasions “I’m just acting my color” or “You know how we is.” The entire thing is a joke and I can’t believe anyone takes it seriously.

    • bob ab

      And your point is?????
      Don’t tell us…. tell the blacks that.

    • HunnyBagja

      Where do you live?? It must really suck and what are you standing in line for. I only stand in line at the grocery store and strangely nobody ever jumps in front of me. My wife did get yelled at for walking to the front of a line to ask a question but that was by a Caucasian guy who apparently was wound a little tight.

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