Here's That Video Of Muhammad Ali Explaining His Vehement Opposition To Vietnam
If you've paid attention to any of the number of tributes that have been pouring out over social media after the death of Muhammad Ali, you might have noticed a few similarities.
One of those similarities is the lionizing of Ali's stance on the Vietnam War.
The former heavyweight champion not only rejected playing a role in the controversial war, he vehemently and outwardly stated that part of the reason he believed his involvement would be nonsensical is because, as he famously put it,
Man, I ain't got no quarrel with them Viet Cong. No Viet Cong ever called me n*gger.
And with many admirers sharing their favorite pictures, moments and quotes since the hours of Ali's passing, there was always going to be more mention of his position on the military draft.
One particular image of Ali that seems to be spreading is this one, which was shared by, among others, former NFL receiver Chad Johnson.
pic.twitter.com/r5RxTaCdlm — Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) June 4, 2016
In the video at the top of this page is the clip that appears to correlate with that oft-shared quote of Ali's. The meme itself that Ochocinco and others shared is not quite exact in quoting the boxing legend, but the gist is still captured.
Ali said he wasn't willing to travel thousands of miles to fight a war in the name of a country he believed wouldn't even give him freedom at home, that much is clear.
Citations: Muhammad Ali - in his own words (BBC)