Muhammad Ali – be prepared to read about this man

WHY WAS MUHAMMAD ALI PREPARED TO GO TO JAIL?

Known as Cassius Marcellus Clay, is an American former professional boxer, generally considered among the greatest heavyweights in the sport’s history. He is one of the most recognized sports figures of the past 100 years

In 1967, three years after winning the heavyweight title, Ali refused to be conscripted into the U.S. military citing his religious beliefs and opposition to American involvement in the Vietnam war.

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Forty-seven years ago (April 28 1967) Muhammad Ali made headlines for refusing to be drafted into the U.S. Army on the grounds of being a conscientious objector. Ali went before military induction officials inside Houston’s Military Entrance Processing Station building off San Jacinto and refused to step forward for induction when his name was called. He was later arrested.

“I ain’t draft dodging. I ain’t burning no flag. I ain’t running to Canada. I’m staying right here. You want to send me to jail? Fine, you go right ahead. I’ve been in jail for 400 years. I could be there for 4 or 5 more, but I ain’t going no 10,000 miles to help murder and kill other poor people. If I want to die, I’ll die right here, right now, fightin’ you, if I want to die. You my enemy, not no Chinese, no Vietcong, no Japanese. You my opposer when I want freedom. You my opposer when I want justice. You my opposer when I want equality. Want me to go somewhere and fight for you? You won’t even stand up for me right here in America, for my rights and my religious beliefs. You won’t even stand up for my right here at home”.

“If I thought the war was going to bring freedom and equality to twenty-two million of my people they wouldn’t have to draft me, I’d join tomorrow. But I either have to obey the laws of the land or the laws of Allah. I have nothing to lose by standing up for my beliefs. So I’ll go to jail. We’ve been in jail for four hundred years”muhammad ali

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