Ali’s Fascinating Supreme Court Decision

Muhammad Ali, was heavy weight champion of the world. When he was stripped of his title in 1967 for refusing to be inducted into the Armed Services. These were turbulent times. The United States was in a war with Vietnam and the war had escalated in the number of troops sent to fight the war. Ali was a national hero to some and a blatant draft dodger to others. The country was divided. Ali never backed down from his beliefs. He gave up his title, so that he could stand up for what he believed. He was a concientious objector and his objections were based on his religious beliefs. He was heavyweight champion of the world at the time that his title was stripped from him.

The Supreme Court decided whether or not to hear the case. However the justices had to agree to hear it. The justices agreed to hear the case based on a 4-4 vote. It only took 4 votes to hear the case. Ali's case would be heard. Ali eventually won a unanimous 8-0 ruling handed down by the Supreme Court in 1971 ultimately agreeing with Ali that he was right in objecting to be inducted into the army. He was free to resume his boxing career. Ali's objection was rooted in the unjust pretense of the war in vietnam and his religious beliefs. However most Americans believed this war was unjust and unfounded and unfairley targeted our youth to fight it. Ali again became a symbol for veterans against the war and others who felt the war was in fact unjust.

This was a fascinating time in American history, Ali was exonerated however we were in absolutely murky waters when three years later, President Richard Nixon will be forced to resign as President. Not only did Ali's decision resume his career, but it set in motion the fascinating events that would occur in this country doing the early seventies.




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