Many people before him tried to take a stand and get past these hard times through the use of violence and were unsuccessful. Martin Luther King Jr., however, decided to take a different approach. He used civil disobedience in order to establish racial equality in Birmingham as well as the rest of the country. He did this because he knew “that he was cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. And he was unable to sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what would happened in Birmingham” meaning he knew that he if did not try to help Birmingham, other places would be affected too, and that is because when injustice occurs in one place, it indirectly affects people in other places as well (King paragraph 4).
Atticus was obviously going to accept the job because that’s what he does and he said, “This case, Tom Robinson’s case, is something that goes to the essence of a man’s conscience-Scout, I couldn’t go to church and worship god if I didn’t try to help that man.(Pg. 120)” Atticus shows courage by defending Tom because he doesn’t care what the public thinks and will do everything in his power to try and get Tom free and back to his family. Atticus actually proves that Tom is innocent and Bob is really the guilty one but since Tom is black no one believes that he is truly
The lack of assistance to these African Americans conveys how white Christian leaders were in favor of racial segregation, and had no problems with it. The letter that Dr.King wrote allows for people from anywhere around the world to understand the importance of the Civil Rights Movement, and why it was necessary for people of all races to participate in it. Martin Luther King Jr writes this letter originally because he is upset that the clergymen don’t understand why non-violent protests are being looked down on, and he clarifies why these protests must happen for African Americans. The letter has a significant importance because it gives plenty of information about that time period. Without Civil Rights leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr, African Americans would still be separated and mistreated in unbearable
As a young boy, Baldwin sought a gimmick in order to fill the void and fear of possibly living his life on the streets. The Christian church was an authority figure that offered a sense of fulfillment and comfort, providing him with an escape from reality. Although effective, Baldwin eventually grew skeptical and wary of the teachings that he once found meaningful as he realized the imperialistic nature of the church 's past and its limiting impact on the country. For years, religion was used by whites to justify their superiority and oppress blacks. Christianity represents a rigid way of thinking that discourages questioning the status quo and forces its disciples to continue with past tradition.
MLK Jr. in this speech tells his audience of the grave injustice that is happening all around him. Instead of involving himself in a violent movement to stir up large amounts of hate, he instead leads a nonviolent movement where he and his followers protest nonviolently in the streets and local shops. They were bombarded by water hoses and attack dogs because of their protest, but continued to press on regardless of the peril that they put themselves in. They were fighting, in MLK Jr.’s mind, an “illegal unconstitutional junction” that the government had set up to persecute the black community in America (MLK Jr. 216). He compares their situation to Jesus’ parable of the good Samaritan, where the Samaritan was not expected to help the dying man out, but did so anyways out of the compassion in his heart, spending his own money to put the man into a good inn.
Resilience is shown in both of these heroes, as they took on noble tasks, while knowing it was futile. However Attikus and Bhutto stilled tried to just make a miniscule difference in their society. In To Kill a Mockingbird Atticus took Tom Robinson case, and even he admitted that a all white in the deep south would convict a black man on sight. Even so Atticus said that if he didn’t defend Tom Robinson he “couldn’t go to church and worship God if I didn’t try to help that man”(Lee 104). This demonstrates Atticus resilience as he has been willing to fight a losing battle just to demonstrate his convictions; a non racist judicial system in Maycomb, Alabama.
His uses of the persuasive language of logos helps to explain that African Americans have waited too long to receive the freedom they very well deserved. This evokes sympathy in the clergymen and makes them realize a change must occur. On the contrary, King utilizes emotional appeal to explain to the church officials that the way African Americans were treated does not deserve praise: “I doubt that you would so quickly commend the policemen…if you were to observe them, as they did on two occasions, refuse to give us food because we wanted to sing out grace together, I cannot join you in your praise of the Birmingham police department” (para. 44). King implements the use of emotional appeal to convince his readers of clergymen that the Birmingham police force does not treat African Americans who were peacefully protesting as they
did not view the changing of laws as something that should take time and patience. In his writing, Letter from Birmingham Jail, King discusses how he went to battle injustice that was present in the debate on rights for blacks and being treated equally to white individuals. The problem he faced he faced was that he was not seeing a change to these problems that were persisting, and being met with unreasonable answers. At one point he alludes to Nazi Germany, as a way to show the severity of the lack of representation that he and other blacks are being slammed with in a society of what he calls White Moderates. He declares that these people are telling those petitioning to be patient and to let time solve the problems, which he counteracts with the saying that time is neutral and will not fix the problem, the people
Although his advisers were against civil rights, the President was not. He sympathized with Eleanor’s cause, yet he could not fully support it. He wanted to keep his Southern segregationist supporters but he liked the support he received from the black leaders also. He also knew his wife well enough to know there would be no stopping her. She could portray a message no other political figure had ever done, that the federal government cared about racial justice.
People also assumed that ‘family love’ did not exist in African American’s family. However, one of the episodes, Theo, the son, reveals, “If you want a doctor I wouldn’t love you less because you’re my dad….. Maybe you can just accept who I am and love me anyway because I’m your son.” This one simple quote changed people’s mind altogether. ‘The Cosby Show’ altered people’s mind with stereotypes against African American that they would use uneducated English and drugs and behave illegally.
Critics argue that even with his reputation and political place (National Spokesperson) he did not demand for more equality for the African American population. Laws such as the Jim Crow and Black Codes prohibited blacks to vote or engage in political meetings. Overall, I think Washington did a great job of helping the African American community gain educational rights. He worked hard to give the blacks what they needed (education) and at the same time kept peace within the two races.
He stood against economic and racial injustice, abhorring the violence it engendered. However, he encouraged change though a peculiar method of leadership. Unlike other famous black activists of the time, Benjamin Mays and Malcom X, King’s goal involved fusing black culture and white culture together in a way that emphasized the best portions of each.
Overview of MLK’s Letter from Birmingham Jail In Birmingham, Alabama the higher authorities implied that they were in support of desegregation, yet they insisted that issues of civil rights injustices should wait to be handled by calm negotiations between black and white civil leaders in the courts rather than out in the streets with protests and demonstrations. Since the issue was of no impact to them they were comfortable asking the people to continue to wait and were defiant on keeping things the same, therefore the negotiations never took place. Frustrated by being pushed aside and forgotten, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference group invited Dr. Martin Luther King to Birmingham to aid in addressing the ever present issue of
In the subsequent episodes, it is revealed that Gabe was the one who called the cops that night as an attempt to protect everybody. He reveals to Joelle, “I thought I was protecting everybody. I thought it would keep things from getting out of control. I thought I was doing the right thing.” Even in his leftist mentality, Gabe is not able to abandon his state of ambivalence – a state that could have been taught via his conservative parents, as the show details.
Journalist Don Lemon offers some tips for African Americans so they can prevent racial discrimination in “CNN 's Don Lemon: Bill O 'Reilly 's Criticism of Black Community "Doesn 't Go Far Enough".” Lemon, gives five ways to fix problems like crime, poverty, and absent fathers in the African American community. Within the article, his use of supporting evidence was included, but he should have added more. Lemon’s overall claim is reasonable, but not every part of it is expressed appropriately.