Hallandale Beach, FL – The only biological son of Muhammad Ali said his father would have been vehemently opposed to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Muhammad Ali Jr. said his father, a legendary boxer and activist, would have been sickened by the violence and looting associated with the protests over the death of 46-year-old George Floyd in the custody of the Minneapolis police, according to the New York Post.
‘‘My father would have said, ‘They ain’t nothing but devils,’” Ali Jr. said. “My father said, ‘All lives matter.’ I don’t think he’d agree.”
“Don’t bust up s–t, don’t trash the place,” he told the New York Post. “You can peacefully protest.”
Ali Jr., 47, said his opinion of Black Lives Matter was in line with what his father would have believed.
“I think it’s racist,” he told the New York Post.
“It’s not just black lives matter, white lives matter, Chinese lives matter, all lives matter, everybody’s life matters,” Ali Jr. explained.
“God loves everyone — he never singled anyone out. Killing is wrong no matter who it is,” the boxer’s son told the New York Post on the fourth anniversary of his famous father’s death.
Ali Jr. also spoke out in defense of law enforcement officers.
“Police don’t wake up and think, ‘I’m going to kill a n—er today or kill a white man,’” he said. “They’re just trying to make it back home to their family in one piece.”
He also dared to suggest that Floyd was not without blame in his own death, the New York Post reported.
“The officer was wrong with killing that person, but people don’t realize there was more footage than what they showed,” Ali Jr. said. “The guy resisted arrest, the officer was doing his job, but he used the wrong tactic.”
He said he agreed with President Donald Trump that antifa should be declared a terrorist organization, the New York Post reported.
“They’re no different from Muslim terrorists,” Ali Jr. said. “They should all get what they deserve. They’re f–ing up businesses, beating up innocent people in the neighborhood, smashing up police stations and shops. They’re terrorists — they’re terrorizing the community.”
“I agree with the peaceful protests, but the antifa, they need to kill everyone in that thing,” he told the New York Post.
“Black Lives Matter is not a peaceful protest. Antifa never wanted it peaceful. I would take them all out,” Ali Jr. said.
Prior to his father’s death, the only biological son of the man known as “The Greatest” lived on the crime-infested South Side of Chicago, the New York Post reported.
He said he was never singled out by police for being black and challenged assertions of institutional racism in policing.
“Not all the police are bad, there’s just a few,” Ali Jr. told the New York Post. “There’s a handful of police that are crooked, they should be locked up. I never had a bad scene with a cop. They’ve always been nice and protect me. I don’t have a problem with them.”
He said that being stopped by TSA twice under President Trump’s travel ban hasn’t soured him to law enforcement.
Instead, he called out Black Lives Matter as a divisive movement, the New York Post reported.
“It’s a racial statement,” he said. “It’s pitting black people against everyone else. It starts racial things to happen; I hate that.”
Ali Jr. said that his father, who went to jail for refusing to be drafted into serving in the Vietnam War, would have liked President Trump, the New York Post reported.
Ali voted for Democratic President Jimmy Carter but then later voted for his successor, President Ronald Reagan, when he ran for a second term.