In Memoriam – Muhammad Ali

Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on Brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights? No I’m not going 10,000 miles from home to help murder and burn another poor nation simply to continue the domination of white slave masters of the darker people the world over. This is the day when such evils must come to an end. I have been warned that to take such a stand would cost me millions of dollars. But I have said it once and I will say it again. The real enemy of my people is here. I will not disgrace my religion, my people or myself by becoming a tool to enslave those who are fighting for their own justice, freedom and equality…. If I thought the war was going to bring freedom and equality to 22 million of my people they wouldn’t have to draft me, I’d join tomorrow. I have nothing to lose by standing up for my beliefs. So I’ll go to jail, so what? We’ve been in jail for 400 years.

Muhammad Ali in louisville


Of all the people who opposed the war in Vietnam, I think that Muhammad Ali risked the most. Lots of people refused to go. Some went to jail. But no one risked as much from their decision not to go to war in Vietnam as much as Muhammad Ali. And his real greatness can be seen in the fact that, despite all that was done to him, he became even greater and more humane.

Stokley Carmichael



About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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4 Responses to In Memoriam – Muhammad Ali

  1. beetleypete says:

    When he was still called Cassius Clay, he came over to London and beat our hero, Henry Cooper. Even though we were bitterly disappointed, we all realised that we had seen a new breed of boxer, and not just in terms of his undoubted skill.
    Here was a man who could not only box, he could think as well. He was prepared to use his position and influence to make statements about politics in his own country, and seek a better life for the underprivileged. Respect due indeed.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. As a teenager who abhorred boxing, Cassius Clay became my hero for his stand against the Vietnam War and fight against racial injustice.

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  3. jfwknifton says:

    Three great choices of quotation. Thanks for sharing them with us.

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  4. I am horrified over my ignorance because I knew nothing of his outspoken stance against racism and getting drafted and a myriad of other important and relevant issues that are ongoing.

    Muhammad Ali, was indeed, ‘The Greatest’!

    And thank you Toritto for posting this fitting tribute.

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