Topics went by. He [Muhammad Ali] spoke of Africans learning the technology of the world. "Usually you feel safer if you see a white man flying the plane," he said. "It just seems like a white man should fix the jet engine. Yet here they are all Black. That impressed me very much," he said. Of course when he was most sincere, so could he mean it least. In a similar conversation with friends, he had winked and added, "I never believe the bullshit that they pilots is all Black. I keep looking for the secret closet where they hide the white man until the trouble starts." He winked, as if this remark need have no more validity than the previous one.

Norman Mailer, "The Fight"
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