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The Context of White Supremacy hosts the seventh study session on Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith’s 2016 release, Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X. The book was published weeks before the death of Ali. Roberts and Smith, both Suspected Racists, catalog their interpretation of the genesis and abrupt conclusion to Ali and Minister Malcolm’s relationship and how their friendship evaporated as Minister Malcolm’s exile from Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam became permanent. Unfortunately, Ali failed to reconcile things before Malcolm’s 1965 assasination. Last week’s session was one of the new portions of the book not littered with FBI sources; this is mostly because the section offered a comprehensive analysis of Cassius Clay’s stunning defeat of Sonny Liston in 1964. After capturing the heavyweight championship, the authors detail how Minister Malcolm hoped to get back into good graces with the Nation of Islam by offering the new king of boxing to Elijah Muhammad. Many listeners and Gus viewed Roberts’ and Smith’s presentation of these events as though Minister Malcolm concocted a Machiavellian scheme to manipulate Clay for his own personal gain. Other biographies on Minister Malcolm provide a different analysis of what Minister Malcolm hoped to gain from Cassius Clay’s ascendancy. The book also explores the political maturation of Clay and how being heavyweight champion exponentially increased his platform to address Racism. Again, this text should highlight the importance of not name-calling black people.
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