Muhammad Ali is known as one of the greatest boxers of all time, Former three time World Heavyweight Champion and also a winner of an Olympics light heavyweight gold medal. With this many achievements Ali had proclaimed the nick name “The Greatest”, Ali was also crowned Sportsman of the century” by ESPN.
After Ali won the heavyweight title the first time from Sunny Liston. Ali converted to the Nation of Islam. The nation of Islam is a religious and political organization in the united states, The Nation Of Islam’s teaches black people about there past history, language, culture and religion in effect because they lost there lives due to the Atlantic Slave Trade. The nation gave Ali the name Cassius X, discarding his surname (Cassius Clay) his surname as a symbol of his ancestor’s enslavement. Ali has showed interest in the nation of Islam ever since he was in high school when he wrote a paper on the organization and teachers were alarmed.
Ali was always a controversy figure as an icon in the sports world, but a bigger controversy was made when Ali joined the nation of Islam and then refused to serve in the United States army during Vietnam. Ali believes that “War is against the teaching of the Holy Qu’ran. 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 tried to bring racism in to the discussion by saying “I ain’t got no quarrel with them Viet Cong, They never called me nigger!”
I believe that Ali was wrong as to not joining the army. This is Ali's country and if he’s not willing to serve the United States and join others in defending the women and children of this country then he shouldn’t be allowed to consider himself an American or maybe even be allowed to live in this country. Sure the Vietnamese haven’t done anything personal to Ali but to the other solders serving the country has the Vietnamese done...