Trump Racism Causes Detention Of Muhammad Ali’s Son For Muslim-Sounding Name

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Dictators and oppressive rulers must be careful not to allow their leadership styles to negatively impact people widely accepted as heroes, or their loved ones. Unfortunately for the Trump administration, that’s exactly what happened because of his Muslim Ban. The son and namesake of The Greatest, Muhammad Ali, was detained at a Fort Lauderdale airport.

Ali Sr.’s hometown newspaper, The Courier-Journal, reports that Ali Jr. and his mother, Khalilah Camacho-Ali (the second wife of Muhammad Ali) had just landed at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after returning from a speaking engagement in Jamaica, when they were detained and questioned. Mother and son were profiled because of their Arabic names, alleges family attorney, Chris Mancini.

Camacho-Ali was released, but only because she was able to produce a picture of her and her ex-husband. However, Ali Jr., didn’t have a picture of him and his father and was held for hours. According to Mancini, Ali Jr. was repeatedly asked:

‘WHERE DID YOU GET YOUR NAME FROM? ARE YOU MUSLIM?’

Ali’s confirmation of his faith didn’t help get him released, in fact it only prolonged his ordeal. Muhammad Ali, Jr. was born in Philadelphia, ergo is a U.S. citizen; he holds a valid Passport that should allow him to travel in accordance with federal regulations, without harassment, religious profiling or other maltreatment. Since such was not the case, the Ali family could only draw one conclusion: