Resisting the Vietnam War
My conscience won’t let me go shoot my brother, or some darker people, or some poor hungry people in the mud for big powerful America. And shoot them for what? They never called me nigger, they never lynched me, they didn’t put no dogs on me, they didn’t rob me of my nationality, rape and kill my mother and father. … Shoot them for what? How can I shoot them poor people? Just take me to jail.~ Muhammad Ali (1942-01-17 2016-06-03 age:74)
Ali was heroic. There was hardly anyone else openly defying the draft. He lost his title. He lost his right to fight. He lost his right to leave the country and fight elsewhere.