Reading 802 Fall 11 Stop violence paper

This particular demonstration which took place in

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demonstrations, one of which he was jailed for. This particular demonstration which took place in Birmingham Alabama, was the source of inspiration for King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail, which was a response to the a published statement authored by eight clergymen approving of King’s reasoning but not of his tactics when it came to civil rights and segregation (King 471). In the letter Dr. King appeals to the emotions of his detractors by revealing that he rarely replies to criticisms made against his work. However since he respects their opinion, he has decided to reach out and explain his views. From very beginning of the letter, Dr. King introduces himself calmly with a welcoming tone. The way he conducts himself is a prime example of not only the power of nonviolence but also Gandhi’s influence on the movement. As King addresses the clergymen, he proves Gandhi’s previously quoted statement that “We cannot remedy evil by harboring ill will towards evil doers.”(Gandhi 449). This is not to say that the clergymen that Dr. King was writing to were evil people. What it does show is Dr. King’s ability to tolerate such harsh criticism in a graceful manner that evokes peace and calmness. Had he responded to the clergymen with the same harshness as they had originally given, the outcome of this letter would not have gone in his favor. He secondly states that he is also in the city because of the injustice being inflicted upon the negroes that reside there. He says to the clergymen, “I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” (King 473). In this statement Dr. King shows that nonviolent resistance is not about allowing brutal things to occur without fighting back, it about doing positive things that can make up for the occurrences of terror . 5
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Rivers He thirdly states that the outsiders argument is politically incorrect because “Anyone who lives in the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere in this country.”(King473). In this quotation, Dr. King shows the opposing side that no matter how different we are on the physically, because we are Americans, we are all the same therefore being called an outsider doesn’t make sense at all. He continued the letter expressing to the clergy men that the Negro community had been waiting for long enough and doing nothing would get them nowhere. Through waiting, the issues of injustice were overlooked. Dr. King explained that forceful nonviolent direct action would be the only way that true civil rights would be achieved. Although he did not live to see the fruits of his labor, Martin Luther King Jr.‘s tireless fight for peace, fairness and equality was achieved and still lives today through his profound words and those who remember him.
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