Arthur Ashe's words and legacy. Arthur Ashe
(1943-1993) was the first (and only) black man to win Wimbledon
, the Australian Open
and the US Open
tennis tournaments and a very vocal civil rights activist and leader
. Last week on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show
, Brian had on Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe[embedded audio player]
and they were remembering a moment on Martin Luther King Day 1993, when Arthur called into the show from his hospital room (he died three weeks later). His views from Martin Luther King
, Malcom X
, Muhammad Ali
and the 1966
Los Angeles riots are at once eloquent and riveting.
I have been struggling with my outrage over this story (the details of what seems very likely to have happened and the terrible, horrible one offs comments that I've read about in response to it) for over a week now. It seems odd that no one has posted the story on MeFi, given its implications on class, race, race relations in an integrated southern city, elite educational institutions, frat boy mayhem (to an extreme), and when no means no and it doesn't matter who is saying it. One thing's for sure, this story keeps getting worse.