Media Says Muhammad Ali ‘Transcended Race.’ Twitter Goes Off.

By Kenrya Rankin Jun 06, 2016

Muhammad Ali died on Friday (June 3). In the hours since the 74 year old’s death, there has been much reporting about what he meant to the nation, as a legendary boxer who never shirked from telling the world how great he was and how America needed to do better by its Black citizens.

There has also been talk about how Ali—who left behind his birth name, Cassius Clay, when he converted to Islam in 1964—“transcended his race and his religion.” NBC News wrote: “Ali was an anti-establishment showman who transcended borders and barriers, race and religion.”

And then there was this tweet from Chris Myers, a sports journalist for Fox:


This talk of transcending race and religon drew immediate criticism for his erasure of Ali’s activism. From allegedly throwing his Olympic medal in the Ohio River in protest of racism, to losing his title and facing five years in jail when he refused to fight in the Vietnam War (“Shoot them for what? They never called me nigger.”), Ali was the original activist athlete.

And Twitter users wasted no time reminding the media of Ali’s true legacy. Here are a few of our favorite clapbacks: