I Ain’t Draft Dodging from the Film ‘Ali’. Ideal for young adult African-American males. 1-2 Min.
Muhammad Ali is convicted for refusing to fight in Vietnam. In this monologue he disputes the conviction. Dramatic, Scolding, Persuasive, Descriptive, Complaining.
Written By: Michael Mann, Eric Roth, Stephen J. Rivele, Christopher Wilkinson
“I ain’t draft dodging. I ain’t burning no flag, and I ain’t runnin’ to Canada. I’m stayin’ right here. You want to send me to jail? Fine, you go right ahead. I’ve been in jail for 400 years. I could be there for four or five more, but I ain’t goin’ no 10,000 miles to help murder and kill other poor people. If I want to die, I’ll die right here, right now, fightin’ you, if I want to die. You my enemy, not no Chinese, no Vietcong, no Japanese. You my opposer when I want freedom.
You my opposer when I want justice. You my opposer when I want equality. Want me to go somewhere and fight for you? You won’t even stand up for me right here in America, for my rights and my religious beliefs. You won’t even stand up for my right here at home.”