Muhammad Ali’s Family Believes Colin Kaepernick Is ‘Praying Hard’ During Nationwide Protests
“Extra's” Billy Bush spoke with boxing champion/civil rights activist Muhammad Ali's daughter Khaliah Ali and his grandson Jacob Ali-Wertheimer about the unrest in our country.
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Muhammad Ali passed away four years ago, months before Colin Kaepernick took a knee for the first time. Khaliah said, “Our family supported Colin Kaepernick from day one. We think of him as family. The parallels between his life and my father's life are undeniable.”
When Billy noted that Colin has been quiet during the recent outcry over George Floyd's killing, Khaliah commented, “He is a very prayerful man. He and his girlfriend Nessa. And I think they're sitting back and praying hard on this and thinking about what they're gonna do so it's purposeful.”
Khaliah also weighed in on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's admission that the league was wrong not to listen to players and respect their right to protest, saying, “I'd like to see him apologize to Colin — plain and simple.”
Amid the nationwide protests, many calling to “defund police.” Of that movement, Jacob explained, “It's about… changing the amount of money we give to officers and the focus of policing. Something that we have seen historically and has been studied is that when you pour extra money in police forces and when you increase rates of incarceration you really don't lower crime. You can actually have the opposite effect. “
What's next for the country? Jacob pointed out, “African Americans have always done their part and always spoken up. But the big step here… Is that white America needs to do their part as well…. There is no dialogue about race in this country. People are really uncomfortable touching the issue… People need to be comfortable with being uncomfortable."
As for what his legendary grandfather would think, Jacob answered, “One, he would want to support the protesters… but two, make sure we continue the fight going.”