Muhammad Ali Essay
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The 1960s were a time of revolutionary ideas and new modes of expression. These new ways of thinking and speaking opened the door to major reforms of American society and culture. People were now standing up for what they believed in, for example, protesting against the mistreatment of African-Americans and refusing to follow the Military Selective Service Act, a law which forced men between the ages 18-26 to fight in the controversial Vietnam War (Youth Movement). Not everyone embraced this new attitude that contained a challenge to existing governmental authority. As an expert on the draft, Phillip MacFarlane wrote, “ Some critics decry the loss of the citizen-soldier as a threat to democracy”(MacFarlane). One prominent anti-war figure…show more content…
Cassius clay, one of the world’s most distinguished boxers, was born in Louisville, Kentucky on January 7, 1942. Clays work ethic was apparent even in the early years of his life. As a child, he raced the school bus to school each morning. His friends would wave to him as the lead fluctuated based on the school bus’ stops. This work ethic extended to the classroom. Because of a learning disability, Clay had to work extra hard in school to not fall behind. Clay grew up with racial segregation all around him. These injustices sparked a passion in him to change the way people viewed African Americans: “I wanted to show that color didn’t matter”(Muhammad Ali: An American Legend). Clay’s boxing career began because of an incident when he was 12 years old. He and a friend rode their bikes to the Columbia Auditorium for The Louisville Home Show. When they were ready to go home, Clay discovered that his bike was stolen. Filled with rage, Clay wanted to retaliate. He found police officer, Joe Martin, who told him, “You better learn how to fight before you start challenging people that you’re gonna whoop” (Hauser 18). Martin became his coach, and although Clay never found the thief, he found a love of boxing that would continue throughout his life. Between the ages of 12 and 18, Clay
Muhammad Ali Is NOT a Hero Essay
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Muhammad Ali Is NOT a Hero
To be a hero, someone could save others, respect their country, and care. The firefighters from the Fire Department of New York have all of these characteristics, even thought they aren't perfect. Everyday, they risk their lives to save others. They show their patriotism even on the trucks they drive through the cities. Most of all they don't just do it because it's their job; they do it because they care. Unlike the people at FDNY, Muhammad Ali is violent, separatist, and rude.
The first reason Muhammad Ali isn't a hero is because he is violent. For almost all of his life he fought in boxing matches that all started when he was a boy because he wanted to beat up the kid who stole his…show more content…
The second reason Muhammad Ali isn’t a hero is he was a separatist who did not respect his country. He became part of the Nation of Islam. They believed Blacks should break off from other Americans. Also, “in April 1967, Ali refused induction into the U.S. Army, claiming exempt status as a Muslim minister” (Abeles). When asked why he dodged the draft, Ali replied, “I ain’t got no quarrel with them Viet-Cong, no Viet-Cong ever called me n-----" (Biography.com). Because his separatist beliefs and actions, Muhammad Ali did not show respect for his country.
The third reason Muhammad Ali isn’t a hero is because he is rude. He would always taunt his opponents. Before one of his matches, “he taunted Liston calling him ‘the bear’ and verbally defused the famous stare as being just ‘plain ugly’” (Myers 46). When Ali fought George Foreman in Zaire, he had the Africans chant “‘Ali bumbaye’ which means ‘Ali kill him’” (When). Some sportswriters were against Ali for this reason. Only a rude man like Muhammad Ali would do and say these things.
Because of his violence, rudeness, and separatist beliefs, Muhammad Ali in no way compares to the men at the Fire Department of New York. While they have saved lives, Muhammad Ali has just beaten people up. Spiderman is another example of a hero; he saved lives, respected his country, and cared for the people he was saving. FDNY is just as good as Spiderman,