MLK believed an unjust law is no law at all so breaking it in his mind is moral and right. He has a duty to break the unjust law in order to achieve the greater good, which was what his civil disobedience was based on. Martin Luther King was a strong courageous leader who sought out the best way to make the most people better off than they were. MLK’s purpose for direct action was to get people to listen and to see the injustice in America, by “seek[ing] to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue and “It seeks so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored” (King). It is this non-violent approach that MLK is so well recognized for because it was revolutionary; the normal response to such injustice should have been riots and violent protests but by being “civil” it caused people to take notice of the real
The inclusion of evidence, ethos, pathos, and a strong claim, but it can also be strengthened by what is not included. In the essay “Why I am Black, Not African American” the author John McWhorter made the decision to omit an opposition statement. This was a risky decision, because not acknowledging the other side of the argument can make the reader perceive the author as closed minded and shallow. However, the lack of opposition in this essay was not seen in that light. The lack of an opposition statement provided the essay with a stronger flow.
On the contrary, Du Bois only provided one view to how African Americans were being treated; Washington had a friendlier approach. This may be due to his fear of being lynched or placing African Americans in a harsher situation than they already were. Washington seemed more methodical—he was thinking about African Americans having the full rights of the 14th and 15th amendments. At the same, he was also concerned about the consequences of his speech, and if it angered the whites more than it relieved the situation they were all facing. Washington and Du Bois had every intention to improve the social and political status of African Americans, but they sought different plans to achieve such goals due to their different upbringings, values, and opinions.
Racial profiling occurs more than most people think and goes on without any consequences behind it. This happens because some people do not believe that anything can be done about it. This can lead to a huge problem, because a number of people will not just profile individuals because of their race or ethnicity, but will also become racist and dangerous. Martin Luther King Jr. was a powerful man that believed that we can all be equal no matter the pigment of our skin. Martin Luther King Jr. stated in his “I have a dream” speech, "I have a dream that one day my four little children will live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character".
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).
This was done by having the audiance of the King’s letter consider the morality of the laws rather than just following the laws blindly. Furthermore, King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” also was more historically significant compared to his “I Have a Dream Speech” since it urged citizens to not sit on the fence when they saw any injustice at all and instead try to combat it, unlike the “I Have a Dream Speech”, which mainly focused on racial
What differences did Martin Luther King Jr and George Wallace’s have? Did they have any similarities? Though they both wanted freedom, they showed it in very different ways. King was against segregation and was nonviolent in the process of trying to get equality for everyone. Meanwhile Wallace was for segregation and although he didn’t directly use violence he had an undertone for it.
Martin Luther King Jr. was an African American civil rights leader from the 20th century. He opposed the government by looking for fair laws for all people regardless of race. By participating in protests and giving speeches for non-violent civil disobedience he risked his own freedom and ultimately his life. Both figures represent resistance to the government and defiance to certain laws that even though accepted by many, are deemed unjust
king represent white people in his speech “I have a dream” he made them seem like all white men and women had this hatred towards the black community, but we know that this is not true. Not all white people wanted for the black man to be oppressed some supported the black community, for example some of the white people would escort the kids who were trying to goto integrated school. He did not show that the black community to have a hatred towards white people which was rather interesting instead he taught to “love your enemies” , unlike Malcolm X who taught that we should hold it against the white man and to fight back. So martin made it seem like the white man were the evil and that they just abused the black man, So he did not really have to make the white man look bad because they kind of made themselves look bad, but black people would start to stereotype the white man and see him as devils just like Malcolm did. So Martin luther king portrayed them as oppressor but that we should not stoop to there
Throughout King’s speech, his use of metaphor is vastly used to create a tone of necessity. King calls upon the African American with phrases like, “Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred” to emphasize the fact that he understands the suffering and doesn’t want others to be sucked in with the non supporters of the civil rights. As a matter of fact, he doesn’t want people to take short cuts out to get freedom. He wants both blacks and whites to be able to hold hands together and greet each other without “hatred” and “bitterness.”
The superego is when the oppressed don’t do nothing about their situation. When they submit to injustice laws because that is what they saw their parents do and that is what is expected of them. Nonviolence resistance is the ego in the reading which tries to negotiate with the id in order to get what it wants (freedom) and also with the superego so it won’t go against what they have been thought. We see this situation described in Dr. Kings Letter from Birmingham Jail. Dr. King Jr. stated that he (his idea of nonviolent resistance - ego) stood in the middle of two opposing forces in the black community.