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Matt Schillizzi Response #6 7 November 2009 Declaration of Independence from the War in Vietnam Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. does a phenomenal job dictating his feelings towards to war in Vietnam during the 1960’s. He compared Vietnam situation to the time period before African Americans were given rights in the United States. Similarities between the two consisted of how society was fooled by the leading powers of the country and how our country was using tactics that we were fighting to condemn in other places. Martin Luther King Jr. really stressed the hypocrisy of our nation. King states that “Even though they quoted the American Declaration of Independence in their own document of freedom, we refused to recognize them…Our government felt then that the Vietnamese people were not "ready" for independence.” This supplies sufficient evidence that America was not thinking in terms of humanity, and was only considering its own wants, which in this case was to help
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Unformatted text preview: France. Comparing Vietnam with African Americans before their rights, King says, “We were taking the young black men who had been crippled by our society and sending them 8000 miles away to guarantee liberties in Southeast Asia which they had not found in Southwest Georgia and East Harlem. So we have been repeatedly faced with the cruel irony of watching Negro and white boys on TV screens as they kill and die together for a nation that has been unable to seat them together in the same schools. So we watch them in brutal solidarity burning the huts of a poor village, but we realize that they would never live on the same block in Detroit.” Here is a prime example that King offers. How could America strip some people of their rights, and only unite them when they are killing other nations for fraudulent reasons? Oppression is a key issue in which America needs to rethink, both nationally and internationally....
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