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D.L. Hughley Says Exactly What Many Were Thinking About White America’s Fondness of Muhammad Ali


On the Saturday edition of MSNBC’s AM Joy, comedian and writer D.L. Hughley sits down with journalist Joy Reid to promote his new book, “Black Man, White House,” and weigh in on the legacy of the Obama presidency and the 2016 presidential race.

In the nearly 9-minute clip, the comedian touches on all of the major candidates in the presidential race and their impact in the 2016 election.

However, when Hughley was asked about presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, the comedian began to dismantle conservatives and their ideology.

At 6 minutes in, Hughley says Republicans have a problem if they are repeatedly referencing Abraham Lincoln as the stalwart of their party.

“Liberals built this country. You are what you are because of liberals,” the comedian explained. “When you have to keep referencing the dude on the penny, you have to update your resume.”

The politically savvy comedian begins to dig into the Republican party’s hypocrisy in regards to race, Trump and the Black icons they choose to love as well.

“They [conservatives] hated Martin Luther King, now they pretend like they love him. They hated Muhammad Ali — they didn’t start loving Ali until he was shaking going up the stairs during the Olympics … They didn’t start loving him until he was no longer a threat … You can’t be a little pregnant, you can’t be a little racist.”


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6 thoughts on “D.L. Hughley Says Exactly What Many Were Thinking About White America’s Fondness of Muhammad Ali

  1. He is so's like they cannot 'appreciate' you til you are contained and controlled..they will work on co-opting Ali's legacy just like they did with MLK.

  2. Sean Hellier says:

    I was a young white boy when the controversy erupted over Mr. Ali, and I admired his spirit. I didn't wait until he "was no longer a threat," because I never saw him as one.

    I saw him as a man who fiercely stood up for himself and for his own beliefs. A lot of white people did.

    Making blanket statements about an entire people is stupid and wrong. We, no matter our ethnicity, are ever monolithic.

  3. Rayad Layeni says:

    Sean Hellier u are a clueless one aren't? Bless ur heart… So damn typical u ppl. … Nothing further

  4. Bullhead Ed says:

    as far as i can remember the black panthers did not like mlk does that make them racist? obama got voted in because of his race – stick to comidie because you just made me laugh. oh and do some research on good old Abe

  5. my take on american history is that the "Party of Lincoln" was not a party of white, southerners who talk about the "War of Northern Aggression," "Mr. Lincoln's War" and in fact never even refer to him as President Lincoln but rather "Mr. Lincoln. Also, Lincoln was not real big on “State's Rights."

    am I wrong?

  6. I really can't stand when people try to make statements with using false equivalencies. Whites engage in the business or system of RACISM all day long but pretend they are not racist or they don't see color (which is a straight cop out). When any African American gets the job and they don't, they immediately believe that the person of color got hired to fill some quota. Let me enlighten some whites who don't know the definition of Racism. Racism is the history of systematic forms of discrimination perpetrated by whites which include all the horrors and fiendish excesses and abuses against people of color to deny them their constitutional- citizenship-rights to the full access and privileges of the American Dream.

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