Tuesday, June 07, 2016

The Champion of the World

Recently in a post I wrote the following:

I remember once seeing Mohammed Ali the boxer being interviewed by a talk show host; gone was the blustering braggart to be replaced by a much more unassuming man. It was all just an act and Ali was both a skilled showman and consummate boxer! 

For this occasion I think the following version of  Bob Dylan's song "Hurricane" is appropriate. When he wrote the song Dylan took liberties with the facts of the case of boxer Rubin Hurricane Carter (according to Wiki), but nevertheless as a protest and an allegory of the tensions between races the song is a powerful statement.  Unfortunately we are still seeing cases where black people are not being treated with all due justice. But we can derive some satisfaction from that fact that the way was clear enough for Ali to become the champion of the world!
(For Dylan's version of the song see:  http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xr3q27_bob-dylan-hurricane_music.  See here for Ali's visit to Norwich: http://www.eafa.org.uk/catalogue/207266)

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