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How Soon We Forget/The Transition into an Icon
am 22. August 1999
Remnick's multi-facted biography of Classius Cly (Muhammad Ali) places into the focus the young champion as he was in the beginning, before he became a legend (faults included), and in my case, a hero. Most compelling were the mini-biographies of Liston, Pattterson, Malcom X, the various sport writers. These helped to place perspective into the story and let the reader be a part of those times. How soon we forget the overt racism that was ingrained in American life not so long along. I have never been a boxing fan, but have long admired Ali as a person who had the courage to do the right thing. Today it is easy to look back casually remark that his accomplishments were as a boxer. However, Remnick's Clay/Ali paints the brash (in those days the word uppity would have been used)confident young Negro that challenged existing conventions and won. We might even say that nobody ever "walked the talked" like Ali did. Yes, he was neither the bad negro or the good negro, he was and became Muhammad Ali, a negro who stood as an independent man, ready to change the way others preceived himself and the members of his race. Ali should go down not only as a great boxer, not only as a man that help to end the draft, but a man that helped to change the way Americans look at African-Americans. Ali is one of the true icons of American History.