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The Context of White Supremacy hosts the fourth study session on Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith’s 2016 release, Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X. The book premiered months before the passing of Ali. Roberts and Smith, both White men, examine the growth and dissolution of Ali and Minister Malcolm’s relationship and how their friendship deteriorated as Minister Malcolm’s fracture from Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam became permanent. Regrettably, Ali was unable to reconcile things with Malcolm before his 1965 assassination. Last week’s session again emphasized the extraordinary surveillance targeting Minister Malcolm and the Nation of Islam. Paid informants, FBI agents and local police officers kept a detailed account of NOI activities and potential conflicts which could be exploited. The book also revealed described how Ali had been keenly interested in the teachings of Elijah Muhammad and Minister Malcolm well before he captured the heavyweight championship. The authors also devoted a good bit of attention to champion Ali (Cassius Clay) would eventually dethrone, Sonny Liston. White gangsters ruled his career and while financially plundering the illiterate prize fighter. Unfortunately, Clay engaged in a sizable amount of anti-black name calling in the build-up to their brawl. 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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