Laila Ali Responds To “All Lives Matter” Criticism
“By me not posting, it doesn’t mean that black lives don’t matter,” said Laila. “To me, it’s obvious that black lives matter. And then… I’m like, what is posting going to do? What is speaking out going to do “I don’t ever like to make people feel separate,” she added.
and then added that she thinks All Lives Matter.
“Yes, black lives matter. Yes, white lives matter, asian lives matter. All lives matter,” she said. “And that’s kind of what my focus is. But it’s hard because, you know, you’ve got sponsors and you’ve got this and you’ve got that. And you don’t want to step on anybody’s toes. And you’re trying to be politically correct, but at the same time trying to uplift your people.”
Well now she’s shutting folks down in a Facebook Live video and she’s none too pleased that people called her a sell-out.
“I started getting calls that people were outraged on social media, they were calling me a coon, calling me a sellout, saying that I was a disgrace to my father,” she said. […]
“It became very clear to me what the problem was; first of all the title was very inaccurate and deceptive. I never said I wouldn’t post about the lives being killed in our country every day. I was asked a host of questions during the interview.”
She also doubled down on her comments that her Facebook page isn’t for “pro-black content” because you have to be “politically correct”…
I said ‘You know what on my Facebook page I don’t post pro-black content because I don’t want people to feel alienated.’ My Facebook page is mainly dedicated to my lifestyle blog where I post content about fitness. I don’t post content that everybody can’t relate to. The second thing I said was when you have sponsors, when you have to worry about being politically correct, all while trying to uplift your people you have to find balance. […] I’m saying that you have to be responsible in your choice of words.”
and she STILL thinks all lives matter, but she’s not a part of that movement.
“The last thing that I think really upset people is when I said, ‘black lives matter, white lives matter, asian lives matter, all lives matter.’ That’s what my focus is. I didn’t mean that I’m a part of any movement, I just simply meant that I care about all people. The division that goes in our country in my opinion is part of our biggest problem. I have a black son, I have a black husband, I look in the mirror and I’m black everyday. Of course I love black people but I also love all people.”
Furthermore, Muhammad Ali would NEVER be ashamed of her comments considering that his pro-black comments were only during a “small point of time.”
“For people to try to school me on my dad and say that he’d be upset and ashamed of me. [..] Do people realize that when my father was preaching his blackness that was at one point of time in his life? A small point of time, not that it wasn’t an important time and didn’t make a difference. But as he got older, as he traveled the world and saw in other countries and saw the same injustices, racism […] then he saw ‘wow, this isn’t just a black thing.’ Thats’ when he came back here and started preaching about love, tolerance, compassion, oneness for all people.”
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