US President Donald Trump said on Friday he is considering pardoning some 3,000 people, including the late boxing champion Muhammad Ali, whose conviction for refusing to join the US military during the Vietnam War was later vacated by the US Supreme Court.
Ali, who boldly refused to answer to his name or take the oath when he was called for induction in 1967…
This led to Ali’s arrest and conviction, which was later overturned on appeal by the US Supreme Court.
In March 1967, one month before his scheduled military induction, Ali had explained why he would not be enlisting to fight in Vietnam.
He said, “Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go ten thousand 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 am not going ten thousand 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.
“If I thought the war was going to bring freedom and equality to 22 million of my people they wouldn’t have to drafted me, I’d join tomorrow.
“But I either have to obey the laws of the land or the laws of Allah. I have nothing to lose by standing up for my beliefs. So I’ll go to jail.’he said