Laila Ali has been getting dragged through the streets of social media following her Facebook Live interview with The Huffington Post, where the former boxing champ said she doesn’t post about Black Lives Matter to avoid ruffling the feathers of her sponsors.
In case you missed it:
Via the Huff Post:
“By me not posting, it doesn’t mean that black lives don’t matter,” she said. “To me, it’s obvious that black lives matter. And then… I’m like, what is posting going to do? What is speaking out going to do?”
With sponsors and millions of Facebook fans, Ali said she has to be careful when posting content online because of her diverse following. “I don’t ever like to make people feel separate,” she said. It’s for this reason that she says she appreciates all aspects of diversity and inclusion.
“Yes, black lives matter. Yes, white lives matter, asian lives matter. All lives matter,” she said. “And that’s kind of what my focus is. But it’s hard because, you know, you’ve got sponsors and you’ve got this and you’ve got that. And you don’t want to step on anybody’s toes. And you’re trying to be politically correct, but at the same time trying to uplift your people.”
Using her children as a metaphor, Ali explained that it’s important to understand the impact and change people can have within their own homes.
“I would think about what can I do as a family to take responsibility for our actions,” she said. “So, I think as black people, we have to do the things that we can do to make a change within our own community within ourselves first and then let the trickle effect happen.”
Laila Ali has released a video explaining why she avoids posting “pro black content” on her social media outlets.
While she’s trying to defend herself, it sorta feels like she’s digging herself in a deeper whole.
Watch the video on page 2.