Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” was a letter that was primarily for a group of clergymen who had disapproved his actions in Birmingham. However, King knew that when he wrote to the clergymen he would also address a broader audience. These secondary audiences can be seen thought King’s letter. One example of these secondary audiences is what King calls the “two opposing forces in the Negro community” (pg. 222). King labels the first group the “force of complacency” and the second group the “force of bitterness and hatred.” The forces of complacency are the part of the Negro community that has given up all hope in the fight for their independence. Segregation has been a part of their lives for so long that they have been “drained of their self-respect” and have accepted segregation as a part of their lives. The forces of bitterness and hatred are the part of the Negro community that go against King’s belief of non-violence and advocate to violence. King points out Elijah
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This note was uploaded on 04/23/2011 for the course GOV 310 taught by Professor Johnson during the Spring '10 term at Texas Permian Basin.