If Kate Smith’s statue goes, so should Muhammad Ali’s Liberty Medal

If Kate Smith’s statue goes, so should Muhammad Ali’s Liberty Medal
Muhammad Ali (Image: YouTube screen grab)

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Now that the Philadelphia Flyers and Comcast Spectacor have officially removed the statue of Kate Smith outside the Wells Fargo Center and banned her famous version of “God Bless America,” there is another question that needs to be addressed: should Muhammad Ali, a racial separatist and supporter of George Wallace, continue to be honored by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia?

Fans of Ali know that on September 13, 2012, he was given the prestigious Liberty Medal for being a “Champion of Freedom” and is currently on the Constitution Center’s list of medal-winners. …  According to President Clinton, “Ali embodies the spirit of the Liberty Medal by embracing the ideals of the Constitution freedom, self-governance, equality, and empowerment and helping to spread them across the globe.”

Despite Clinton’s praise, Ali was still a man with a controversial past — a past filled with rhetoric much more radical than that of Kate Smith.  In a 1968 interview with storied Boston Globe reporter Bud Collins, Ali said whites and blacks living together is as unnatural as humans living with wild animals.

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