Jim Crow Laws: Cause And Effect To Protest Against Unjust Laws

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What emotions would you undergo if you witnessed your family and or loved ones suffering, due to unjust laws enacted? Martin Luther King (MLK) Went through this horrendous experience. MLK wrote from his own cell in Birmingham to the clergymen to tell them why he was protesting against the unjust laws- The Jim Crow Laws. This essay will explain how MLK used cause and effect to support his reasons to protest against the unjust laws. First, in MLK’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”, MLK writes that he had basically told his daughter no fun. It says, “when you suddenly find your tongue twisted and your speech stammering as you seek to explain to your six year old daughter why she can’t go to the public amusement park that has just been advertised…show more content…
MLK writes, “ One day the South will recognize its real heroes. They will be the James Merediths, with the noble sense of purpose that enables them to face jeering and hostile mobs, and with the agonizing loneliness that characterizes the life of the pioneer.” According to the timeline provided on page 192, “James Meredith was the first student to enrol at the University of Mississippi.” The timeline together with the letter tells us that James Meredith was a college student who achieved his goal of going to college. Back then, it was near impossible to get into college as a African American student, due to the discrimination of the Jim Crow Laws. So this is why MLK uses him, James Meredith was a hero to all of the African Americans who wanted a great education. As a hero, he sparks courage and hope that other African Americans can go to college as he has. But MLK knows that the best way to ensure everyone has that chance, is to abolish the unjust Jim Crow Laws. In final analysis, MLK uses cause and effect to inspire different feelings in others to urge them to rebel against the JIm Crow Laws. MLK uses his experiences in watching his family suffer and others’ achievements as his sources for pathos effects. Ultimately, MLK used his “Letter from Birmingham Jail” along with some cause and effect to convince the clergymen to take action against the unjust Jim Crow
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