Learning To Read Martin Luther King Jr Analysis

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Two solutions, one goal
Being opressed is the state of receiving unjust treatment or control; for african americans this had been a state that they had to deal with for hundreds of years. Until the 1960s when some light was shed upon them, when two of the greatest civil right leaders proposed a solution to their problems. King and X both being african americans wanted to see an end to this oppression and wanted action to be taken. Whether it was a choice of violence or nonviolence the only immediate goal that they had in mind was for oppression and injustice to come to an end for their people. In the essay “ three ways to meeting oppression “ by Martin Luther King jr, he talks about how oppressed people deal with oppression. According to …show more content…

Orphaned at a young age, X dropped out of school in the 8th grade. This caused him to become a very troubled young man and he then eventually ended up in jail at the age of 20. When in jail X became jealous of a fellow inmate's "stock of knowledge," (X page 120) and noticed how powerless his words really were so he got motivated and decided to self-educate himself in prison. He began by just reading random books which was no help because he didn't end up understanding anything, he then found himself reading and copying the dictionary from cover to cover. After copying the dictionary, he began to understand things much better. The teachings of Elijah Muhammad intrigued him to learn more about the history of his people. X came across many great readings that helped him understand and gave him an insight of the history, struggles, and oppression of African americans and minorities; he noticed that this was all because of the white man. X said that “ book after book showed me how the white man had brought upon the world’s black, brown, red, yellow peoples every variety of the sufferings of exploitation” (X page 124). Through these finding X realized that there was something to be done and he began fighting for not only the civil rights of the black man but also for the human

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