Washington DC: Muhammad Ali, was not just a legendary boxer, but a US role model for millions of people across the country. Merely a few months after the death of the legend, his son was stopped at an airport in the US, and interrogated if he was a Muslim.
44-year old Muhammad, who was travelling with mother Khalilah Camacho-Ali, the first wife of the legendary boxer, was stopped for more than two hours at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and asked many uncomfortable questions regarding his Muslim faith. He was returning from Jamaica with his mother, who was always revered and admired by people while visiting the world along with his illustrious husband.
The incident happened on February 7 while the son and mother were returning from Jamaica after attending an event.
There is no denying that the news shocked the entire civil right community and others across the US. While the mother was let off when she showed them a photo of herself with her ex-husband, her son was not so lucky as he was badgered for two straight hours, where he was repeatedly asked, “Where did you get your name from?” and “Are you Muslim?” When Ali Jr. responded that yes, he is a Muslim, the officers kept questioning him about his religion and where he was born.
The incident shows how common the religious profiling has become. Mancini said he and the Ali family are contemplating filing a federal lawsuit and are currently trying to find out how many other people have been subjected to the same treatment as Ali Jr. Mancini also emphasised that the line of questioning was clearly designed to produce answers that corroborate what officials want to hear, adding that neither Camacho-Ali nor Ali Jr. have ever been subjected to detainment before, despite extensive global travel experience.
The boxer’s aged wife, while expressing her disgust over increasing intolerance in the US said, “To the Ali family, it’s crystal clear that it is directly linked to Trump’s efforts to ban Muslims from the United States”.