by Thomas C. Mountain
Two of the greatest Black icons of the 20th century crossed paths – and the world would “never be the same again.” Malcolm X “enlightened Cassius Clay and brought about his rebirth as Muhammed Ali” – driving white America to new depths of insanity.
When Malcolm X Met Cassius Clay
by Thomas C. Mountain
“The white backlash was so scary that the Honorable Elijah Muhammed of the Nation of Islam forced brother Malcolm to stay away from the newly born Muhammed Ali to let things cool off.”
When Malcolm X met Cassius Clay Islamaphobia was still a small part of the white supremacist system openly ruling the USA in the 1960’s. Cassius was his “slave name” as Muhammad Ali so often proclaimed, but until Malcolm X found him, he was just another “colored boy fighter” from Louisville.
It was Malcolm X, hanging out with the brash and brilliant Cassius during the evenings after a days training was over that enlightened Cassius Clay and brought about his rebirth as Muhammad Ali.
Yet Malcolm X seems to have disappeared from anything to do with Muhammad Ali, at least from what has been running on the western media. Revolutionary black nationalism is not something Pax Americana and its lackeys in the West are about to promote in any way.
When the newly christened Muhammad Ali strode onto the stage as a Black Muslim representing the pinnacle of “manhood” in professional sports at the time, boxing heavy weight champion of the world, white folk in general were bound to get a little crazy. Militantly black and Muslim – and this was half a century ago?
“Revolutionary black nationalism is not something Pax Americana and its lackeys in the West are about to promote in any way.”
The sort of racist Islamaphobia that erupted like a burst boil was such that even in my childhood days in the 1960’s I was aware of Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X and some really scary “nigger trouble” in the eyes of most white folk.
Two brilliant personalities, Malcolm X, the fiery agitator, and Cassius Clay, the fastest heavy weight in history, spent days at a time together in training camp in the run up to the Sonny Liston
fight. If only they had a mobile phone to record it all back then...?
After knocking Liston out and being declared “The Heavy Weight Champion of the World” a very young Cassius Clay held a press conference to announce his conversion to Islam (the Nation of Islam version) with Malcolm X standing in the background.
Talk about a shot heard round the world! The white backlash was so scary that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad of the Nation of Islam forced brother Malcolm to stay away from the newly born Muhammad Ali to let things cool off.
White folk were just gettin’ to crazy and Malcolm X was pouring fuel on the fire to speak, denouncing the apartheid system in the USA in language that still stops you in your tracks today.
So if you ever wonder where some of the brilliance that sprang forth from Muhammad Ali’s mouth came from, go back and watch what Malcolm X was saying and you will have to agree that after Malcolm X met Cassius Clay the world would never be the same again.
Thomas C. Mountain is an independent journalist, living and reporting from Eritrea since 2006. He can be reached on facebook at thomascmountain, on twitter #thomascmountain or at thomascmountain at g mail dot com