In a recent interview with the Huffington Post, Laila Ali, addressed her silence on issues that are affecting the Black community. When asked why she doesn’t speak or post on social media regarding our issues, Ali’s response was:
By me not posting, it doesn’t mean that Black lives don’t matter. To me, it’s obvious that Black lives matter. And then … I’m like, ‘What is posting going to do? What is speaking out going to do?
When asked about the Black Lives Matter movement specifically, the daughter of the late, great Muhammad Ali went on to say:
I don’t ever like to make people feel separate. Yes, Black lives matter. Yes, white lives matter, Asian lives matter. All lives matter. And that’s kind of what my focus is. But it’s hard because, you know, you’ve got sponsors and you’ve got this and you’ve got that. And you don’t want to step on anybody’s toes. And you’re trying to be politically correct, but at the same time trying to uplift your people.
There has been a backlash on social media from many in the Black community regarding her recent comments. Many people expressed their disappointment with Laila’s statements, especially considering the legacy her father left when it came to being extremely vocal about his support for his people.
What do you think about her not fully speaking up about racial injustices to protect her sponsorships?