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Friday, July 22nd 8:00PM Eastern/ 5:00PM Pacific
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the second study session on Randy Roberts’ and Johnny Smith’s 2016 publication, Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X. The book debuted just months before the passing of Ali. Roberts and Smith, both White men, investigate the evolution of Ali and Minister Malcolm’s relationship and how their bond fragmented as Minister Malcolm’s fracture from Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam worsened. Regrettably, Ali was unable to reconcile things before Malcolm’s assassination in 1965. Last week’s session provided more details about Ali’s childhood in Kentucky, and his teenage exposure the Nation of Islam. The book emphasized the monumental force White Supremacy exerted on Ali’s life from birth. Roberts and Smith provided immense details about Ali’s early days training on Miami, Florida. This book should emphasize the monumental importance of not name-calling other black people. As the authors of this book are both White, listeners should pay particular attention to word choice and possible Racist influence on the narrative.
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