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Muhammad Ali Jr. said he did not believe his father would have supported the current Black Lives Matter movement, calling participants in the movement “racist,” The New York Post reported Saturday.
“I think it’s racist,” Ali Jr., the legendary boxer’s only biological son whose relationship with his father “completely fell apart” in the final decade of his life, said, according to the report.
He added: “It’s not just Black lives matter, white lives matter, Chinese lives matter, all lives matter, everybody’s life matters. God loves everyone — he never singled anyone out. Killing is wrong no matter who it is.”
”My father would have said, ‘They ain’t nothing but devils,” Ali Jr, 47, told The New York Post. “My father said, ‘all lives matter.’ I don’t think he’d agree.”
Ali Jr. pointed toward some of the more destructive actions of some protestors in recent weeks as part of his own dissatisfaction with the Black Lives Matter movement. While some protests — particularly early on — turned destructive, many of the still ongoing demonstrations have remained peaceful.
“Black Lives Matter is not a peaceful protest. Antifa never wanted it peaceful. I would take them all out,” Ali Jr. said.
“It’s a racial statement,” he said of Black Lives Matter. “It’s pitting black people against everyone else. It starts racial things to happen; I hate that.”