Marcus Dupree Thesis

709 Words3 Pages
Introduction Marcus Dupree was a star high school football player who had a promising future in front of him. After being recruited by multiple universities and committed to the University of Oklahoma, he soon realized that he had made a mistake and started making bad choices. Thesis Describing experiences, and also stating the personal statements of Marcus Dupree and others in the documentary, injustice was done to Marcus Dupree but also to the head football coach of Oklahoma using “Letter from Birmingham Jail” as a source lens. Early age Marcus Dupree was a young, gifted running back on his high school football team. Quickly the word spread around about his talents and many football recruits from all over the country went to visit him in…show more content…
Just like Martin Luther King Jr. says: “a law that is out of harmony with the moral law is an unjust law.” (506). Marcus Dupree was a talented young running back and for the coaches to treat him inadequately just like any other of his teammates, because they were scared he might become egotistical because of his gift. While Martin Luther King Jr. says: “One who breaks an unjust law must do so openly, lovingly, and with a willingness to accept the penalty.” (507). In the sense of this connection between the documentary and the piece that Martin Luther King Jr. wrote, Barry Switzer had accepted the penalty of losing Marcus Dupree after a year. Switzer states that he regrets treating Marcus poorly because he could have been one of the best football players there has ever been. Civil Disobedience They way that Marcus Dupree retaliated against Coach Switzer was a form of civil disobedience. Civil disobedience is when the community or people of the community go against the authority. The authority in Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech was the fight against segregation. They did not have any civil and human rights. Injustice was being done against them. When Dupree did not come back to University of Oklahoma after his sophomore year that was civil disobedience against Switzer. Because Marcus was being treated poorly, he figured if he did not come back
Open Document