Black Twitter claps back to three white eulogists speaking at Muhammad Ali’s memorial service

As the world continues to mourn the death of Muhammad Ali, some have taken to Twitter to express disappointment in the makeup of Ali’s interfaith memorial service at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky, on Friday.

Former president Bill Clinton, actor Billy Crystal, Sen. Orrin Hatch and sportscaster Bryant Gumbel are all scheduled to deliver eulogies at the service.

Though Ali himself chose who would speak, push back on social media has surrounded the fact that three white men and only one black man will speak at the service, which will memorialize to the public one of the most influential African-American figures in the history of this country.

Is it really fair to criticize the men Ali wanted to pay tribute to him based upon their race? This way of thinking seems to arise from as limited view of the man Ali was. We should remember Ali not only as the outspoken man who used sports as a platform to speak out about racism, but also for his accepting nature. He acknowledged that “not all white people are racist.”

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