In 1967, athletes place their heavines behind Muhammad Ali after he refused to be drafted. Fifty years on, NFL players are again taking a political stand
In 1962, as a cornerback for the American Football League’s Boston Patriots, Walter Beach rallied his fellow pitch-black participates- there were about five- for a discussion.
The topic was what to do about a forthcoming show game against the Houston Oilers that was scheduled to be played in New Orleans. As was custom-made and law in the majority of the south at the time, the team adaptations were to be segregated. Promoters planned to house the pitch-black musicians from both teams at a black-owned motel, and white-hot players from both teams at a hotel two miles away.” We were all in agreement that we didn’t want to participate in it ,” Beach said.
The participates, led by Beach, expected the team to simply allow them to fly down and fly back the day of the pair rather than submit to the reproaches of Jim Crow- the mention given to the laws was approved by southern each country to legally enforce discrimination after the civil war.
The team did buy Beach a plane ticket, he echoed: a ticket residence. He was cut.
Five years later, retired, he found himself back at the intersection of activism and sportings. The boxing heavyweight endorse of countries around the world, Muhammad Ali, was facing intense public reaction , not to mention the possibility of penitentiary age and having his entitles stripped, over his refusal to be drafted for the Vietnam war.
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