Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Here's to Ali

“Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them-a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.”

“I know I got it made while the masses of black people are catchin' hell, but as long as they ain't free, I ain't free.”

“I know where I'm going and I know the truth, and I don't have to be what you want me to be. I'm free to be what I want.”

“It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.”

We live in a time where most black athletes will get in front the camera and smile with absolutely no opinion about anything even though kids all over the country die just to buy something with their name on it. That's why today's blog is dedicated to Muhammad Ali on his 65th birthday. I wish there was one athlete today who had his stature while having his fearlessness to speak out.


Another Conflict Theorist said...

Peace Cliff,

It's been a while. Glad to see you're still keeping at it. Thanks for the tribute to Ali. I enjoyed it.

BTW, check out the book 40 Million Dollar Slaves. It chronicles the 'rise, fall and redemption' of the black American athlete. I recommend it to anyone interested in the culture of American sport.


PS. Sorry about the Saints.

Clifton said...

Whats up ACT? Where have you been my brother?