Boxing great Muhammad Ali could never stand in line, shut his mouth and behave like everybody expected.
Like father, like daughter.
Laila Ali, the retired super middleweight boxing champion turned TV personality and fitness expert, is being pummeled by some on Twitter because she explained why she does not use her vast social media presence to post about the Black Lives Matter movement.
“By me not posting, it doesn’t mean that black lives don’t matter,” she told The Huffington Post last week. “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?’”
However, most importantly, she values all the fans who follow her on social media.
“I don’t ever like to make people feel separate,” Ali said.
“Yes, black lives matter. Yes, white lives matter, Asian lives matter. All lives matter. 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,” she said.
Ali talked instead about making changes within the family instead of out on the street.
“I would think about what can I do as a family to take responsibility for our actions,” she said. “So, I think as black people, we have to do the things that we can do to make a change within our own community within ourselves first and then let the trickle effect happen.”
However, that message was not what many of her black Twitter fans wanted to hear.