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  In 1967, three years after Ali had won the World Heavyweight
Championship, he was publicly vilified for his refusal to be conscripted
into the U.S. military, based on his religious beliefs and opposition to
the Vietnam War. Ali stated, "I ain't got no quarrel with them Viet
Cong... No Viet Cong ever called me nigger" . one of the more telling
remarks of the era. [Wikipedia]

background: Columbo episode, early 1970s

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