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The Context of White Supremacy hosts the 7th study session on Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith's 2016 text, Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X. The book was published weeks before the passing of Ali. Roberts and Smith, both Suspected Racists, catalog their interpretation of the genesis and rapid conclusion to Ali and Minister Malcolm's relationship and how their friendship dissolved as Minister Malcolm's banishment from Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam became permanent. Unfortunately, Ali was not able to reconcile things before Malcolm's 1965 assasination. Last week's session was one of the few portions of the book not peppered with FBI sources; this is mostly because the section offered a comprehensive analysis of Cassius Clay's astonishing defeat of Sonny Liston in 1964. After winning 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 hatched 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 accomplish from Cassius Clay's ascendancy. The book also explores the political maturation of Clay and how being heavyweight champion exponentially increased his ability to address Racism. Again, this text should illustrate the importance of not name-calling black people. #RacismIsNotAPrivilege INVEST in The COWS - CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives:

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