Muhammad Ali Was Right

Sunday, June 5, 2016
Posted in category War

My Facebook thread is filled with dissing of Muhammad Ali by, what I can mostly discern, those who are conservatives, Republicans, and assorted fundamentalists. Each slam is of the same boorish content; draft dodger, draft dodger, anti-American, yada yada.

All I see is these folks writing about hating Ali while they instead wish to worship and honor those who went to war under a slave-draft system to kill people they knew nothing about because their government held a gun to their head, gave them a draft number, and opened the gate for them and the rest of the cannon fodder. The “draft dodger” condemnations are being carelessly flung out and about by the usual idiots. In return, here’s Tom Mullen:

Ali never dodged the draft; he opposed it, accepting the legal consequences without any attempt to evade them. He didn’t flee to Canada or enroll in college to obtain a deferment. From the moment he learned of his induction, Ali stood firmly in the proud tradition of civil disobedience, saying “just take me to jail.”

So Muhammad Ali is properly described as being willing to _die for_ peace and freedom. He faced down the government, held on to principle, spoke his mind, and never sold out a damn thing in spite of his incarceration. He didn’t run – he stayed and fought the establishment, even as the government tried to destroy him.

Then, folks are bringing up Ali’s racial connotations about white people being his enemy, with him saying (to paraphrase), “I’m not going to go over there and help somebody get what the negroes don’t have,” and telling those young, white kids on college campuses, “You are my opposer when I want freedom, you are my opposer when I want justice, you won’t even stand up for me or my religion, but you want me to go somewhere and fight somebody who has done nothing to me.”

Ali, in his times, was exactly right about all of that, so what’s the problem? This is something that today’s fake-i-fied Social Justice Warriors cannot even comprehend. Ali was indeed a great American.

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4 Responses to Muhammad Ali Was Right

  1. Steve says:

    June 7th, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Background[edit]
    In 1964, Ali failed the U.S. Armed Forces qualifying test because his writing and spelling skills were sub-standard. With the escalation of the Vietnam War, the test standards were lowered in November 1965[4] and Ali was reclassified as 1-A in February 1966,[5][6] which meant he was now eligible for the draft and induction into the U.S. Army. When notified of this status, he declared that he would refuse to serve in the U.S. Army and publicly considered himself a conscientious objector. Ali stated that “War is against the teachings of the Holy Qur’an. I’m not trying to dodge the draft. We are not supposed to take part in no wars unless declared by Allah or The Messenger. We don’t take part in Christian wars or wars of any unbelievers.” Ali also famously said in 1966: “I ain’t got no quarrel with them Viet Cong … They never called me nigger.”[7][8]

  2. Steve says:

    June 7th, 2016 at 11:25 am

    In 1964, Ali failed the U.S. Armed Forces qualifying test because his writing and spelling skills were sub-standard. With the escalation of the Vietnam War, the test standards were lowered in November 1965[4] and Ali was reclassified as 1-A in February 1966,[5][6] which meant he was now eligible for the draft and induction into the U.S. Army. When notified of this status, he declared that he would refuse to serve in the U.S. Army and publicly considered himself a conscientious objector. Ali stated that “War is against the teachings of the Holy Qur’an. I’m not trying to dodge the draft. We are not supposed to take part in no wars unless declared by Allah or The Messenger. We don’t take part in Christian wars or wars of any unbelievers.” Ali also famously said in 1966: “I ain’t got no quarrel with them Viet Cong … They never called me nigger.”[7][8]

  3. SteveA says:

    June 8th, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    As a former “draft dodger” (college deferment), I came to realize that Ali stood for his principles and took the consequences for his beliefs and actions. For that, I will always respect him. Of course, being the “Greatest” didn’t hurt either!

  4. cousin lucky says:

    June 13th, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    Ali woke up a lot of Americans to many things with his refusal to enter our ” armed forces “!! Look at how many people today have ” the government does not own me attitudes ” from liberal to conservative!! I had friends flee the U.S.A. to avoid the dumb war!! I had many friends go to Viet Nam and come back with their minds or bodies or both destroyed!! I had many friends die over there for absolutely nothing!! As a law-abiding person of color I know only too well that racism, bigotry, sexism, etc. are as American as apple pie!! My late aunt used to always say that the only dysfunctional species on this whole planet is human beings!! Every day the news proves her statement correct!!

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