In the July issue of GQ, the Oscar winner says his Moonlight shine has changed the way people look at him.
“When suddenly you go from being followed in Barneys to being fawned over, it will mess with your head,” he tells GQ.
Ali, who says he’s been profiled by Berkeley, CA cops and placed on the terrorist watch list for having a Muslim name, says it makes African-Americans’ relationship with their home country difficult.
“I think African-Americans have a very convoluted relationship with patriotism,” he says. “The fact is, we essentially were the abused child. We still love the parent, but you can’t overlook the fact that we have a very convoluted relationship with the parent.“
Even so, Ali says, his frustrations with America come from a place of love.
“I absolutely love this country, but like so many people have some real questions and concerns about how things have gone down over the years and where we’re at,” he says. “And that’s from a place of love, because I want the country to be what it says it is on paper.”
The new father says he’s optimistic because he believes that there are still good people out there who also want to see a change for the good.
“I sincerely believe we have the capacity to actually make this country great,” he says. “There are enough people, there are enough believers out there, there are enough intelligent, empathetic souls out there that want good for the whole. I don’t know if it’ll happen in my lifetime, but I believe in time the pendulum will swing in the right direction.”
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