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7 Outraged Reactions by Black People to Being Asked to Fight in American Wars


Malcolm X: Killing Crackers

With the passage of the Selective Training and Service Act in August 1940, all American men between the ages of 18 and 45 became liable for military service. Some Black men who had no desire to fight in the “white man’s war” used racial stereotypes to their advantage to avoid the draft. Malcolm Little, later known as Malcolm X, appeared before a draft board wearing his most audacious zoot suit and exaggerating his desire to join the army in order to “kill some crackers.” The draft board subsequently deemed Little “mentally disqualified for military service,” according to the history site




Muhammad Ali: ‘The Real Enemy of My People Is Here’

Ali was stripped of his world heavyweight title and suspended of his boxing license after he refused to be inducted into the U.S. Army. “Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 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?” Ali said. “No I’m not going 10,000 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. This is the day when such evils must come to an end. I have been warned that to take such a stand would cost me millions of dollars. But I have said it once and I will say it again. The real enemy of my people is here. I will not disgrace my religion, my people or myself by becoming a tool to enslave those who are fighting for their own justice, freedom and equality. If I thought the war was going to bring freedom and equality to 22 million of my people, they wouldn’t have to draft me, I’d join tomorrow. I have nothing to lose by standing up for my beliefs. So I’ll go to jail, so what? We’ve been in jail for 400 years.”

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3 thoughts on “7 Outraged Reactions by Black People to Being Asked to Fight in American Wars

  1. Black people should have been outraged to be ask to fight in any WAR. After the way Black have been treated by the White race.

  2. Mitche Blanchard : Number 1 I don't trust government. This war George W Bush started was all about OIL nothing more.

  3. Mitchel Blanchard. I'm guessing that you're Christian. Therefore I'd like to paraphrase a bible verse," GOD has created every human being with a spirit of truth and power." this should be the moral code upon which the church should be rested. the other verse from the bible that reads, test every spirit for soundness, yet the powers that is(America) and their friendly allies and participants are totally contrary to these ideals. To accept any statement from a profound lyer without examination is a total disregard to the human conscience and GODLY principles and it would make us one that sits at the tables of the unjust eating lavishly without concern nor contempt for who they truly are. For the lover of wealth , pomp and worldly pleasures have no remorse for the less fortunate. My answer to your question is this, you had no progress. Reason being is , and I assume you're referring to freedom. that freedom is a far cry from free. From my opinion is that I assimilate freedom to being free with conditions , which compounded in the word being FREE with DOM. Why the DOM should be added to being free? Free leverage , this is more like. In one persons opinion whom had said that , the scenario is like a cattle farmer that rears cows mainly for milking, who thought that keeping the cow in a tight space without much to move around would yield more milk, hence he found that was to the contrary when the cow has more space/leverage to move around. thus he built a perimeter fence , the cows are more free to roam but within the boundaries of a fence. Why must I fight wars on behalf of a state that separates itself from the church that should uphold my beliefs? Only one reason that being is because I'm being lied to.

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