Muhammad Ali Jr. Detained by Homeland Security in Florida Because of His Muslim Sounding Name After Returning From Jamaica

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Muhammad Ali Rolls Over in His Grave: Son Muhammad Ali Jr. Detained by Homeland Security in Florida Because of His Muslim Sounding Name After Returning From Jamaica

By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent

 

The sense of love of boxing, love of people, and love of all humanity Muhammad Ali tried to create in his lifetime has been thrown out the window. It seems the name Muhammad Ali is not worth respect anymore, given the current state of American affairs in the war against terrorism.

 

Earlier this month, on February 7, 2017, at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Muhammad Ali Jr., age 44, son of the legendary heavyweight champion, and his mother Kalilah Camacho-Ali (Muhammad Ali’s ex-wife), were returning from Montego Bay, Jamaica, after giving speeches during Black History month. According to family attorney Chris Mancini, Mrs. Ali was detain but let go after she produced a photo of her with her ex-husband Muhammad Ali.

 

Muhammad Ali Jr. was not so fortunate.

 

Sadly, Muhammad Ali Jr. was detained for almost two hours by Homeland Security, being asked every possible question in the book to determine if he was a terrorist because of his Muslim name. Why are you Muslim? Where do you come from? Apparently, being the son of Muhammad Ali is no longer a worldwide diplomat credential to be respected. Indeed, it is now closer to a one way airplane ticket without trial to Guantanamo Bay Prison in Cuba. Granted, Muhammad Ali Jr. is not the public figure his father was, but his name is still a famous name. Now, having a Muslim sounding name gets you harassment and suspicion during Black History Month. Homeland Security deserves ever measure of respect. Its airport procedures currently in place-apparently-leave much to be desired in how they screen people entering the United States of America.

 

The implications of the Trump Era are undetermined. Whether or this is a side effect of the new Republican Administration depends on your viewpoint. The United States is now on a state of warning at a time of great concern in the war against terrorism. The only conclusion possible, based on this incident, is 2017 is a bad time to have an Islamic sounding name when you enter the United States, or even live in the United states.

 

For Muhammad Ali Jr., becoming a public figure finally happened in the shadow of his famous father, but in the worst possible way. Humbly, Ali survived his interrogation and did not lose his cool, perhaps a tribute to the aura of his famous father. The greater concern is-will incidents like these least to a great sense of Islamophobia and acts of hate against innocent Muslim people in the United States in the years to come? To that question, there is no answer. Muhammad Ali, and Muhammad Ali Jr., a famous name became a name of shame, through no fault of their own. Muhammad Ali is rolling over in his grave, and sportswriter Robert Brizel’s education is stopping racism on the surface is seen in Muhammad Ali Jr.’s disgraceful and unnecessary interrogation in Fort Lauderdale.

Robert Brizel
Robert Brizel
A native of New York’s Catskill Mountains, long a haven to boxers in training, New York City educator and sports writer Robert Brizel holds five university degrees in the education field, and has been writing about boxing since 1975. Robert has been an internet only boxing writer and photographer since 2008, and previously wrote for Saddoboxing. An old school writer rare in that he writes and takes his own boxing photos simultaneously, he seeks out different angles to create original stories. Robert is a frequent sight reporting boxing events in Atlantic City Casinos and New York City. Now expanding his writing to add MMA. Married with a daughter. A sharp dresser, Robert’s electric personality brings class and to events he covers. The only active boxing writer today licensed as a boxing manager and corner man, Robert works the corner in New York and New Jersey on occasion, adding a unique perspective and dimension to his perceptions of the fight game today. Also a trained vocalist who performed on the Catskill hotel nightclub stage for a decade as a child
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