Dear Mr. Farah:
A little food for thought about the media hoopla of the passing of Muhammad Ali vs. the passing of Joe Frazier.
Muhammad Ali was from what can be described as a lower middle class family in Louisville. Ali reportedly never worked a day in his life. Compare that to Joe Frazier. As young as 8, Joe Frazier picked cotton in the scorching fields of South Carolina. (His mother smoked a pipe made from corn cob.) When Frazier got married at 16 and moved to Philly, he began working long days in the slaughterhouses. Frazier was also recognized as a very hard worker in the gym, sometimes sparring for 30 straight minutes.
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After Frazier became champion, he could not cash his check at the local bank in South Carolina because of his race. After Ali was suspended from boxing, Frazier both loaned and gave Ali money and personally lobbied President Nixon to reinstate Ali for the purposes of a mega-fight. Ali repaid the favor by stabbing Frazier in the back, referring to him as an Uncle Tom in the media and turning black America against Frazier. Frazier's family needed security due to death threats as a result.
When Frazier died, it was barely acknowledged in the media. Yet, Ali is being remembered as some type of hero.
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