Muhammad Ali’s Great War Quote

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I saw this on Reddit today and thought I would share it with you. With all the wars going on in the world, it is important to realize that there are plenty of things wrong right at home…Muhammad Ali was found guilty of draft dodging. Here is what he had to say about it…

“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. “

What are your thoughts on the mandatory draft? Or even ‘serving’ your country? If you were drafted, would you go? Or run?

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2 thoughts on “Muhammad Ali’s Great War Quote

  1. Living in Malaysia, being a Malaysian but always reminded that I’m second class…fight for the country? Ha! I’d probably welcome the invasion! :P

  2. Growing up Ali was my hero. Of course, he was not perfect, but nevertheless, there was a whole lot there that one could emulate; that is, if one measured “the good” with the elimination of prejudice and inequalities. Nice post!

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