Martin Luther King's Changing Views

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From birth we are taught a certain set of morals, values and what is acceptable. Trying to change these views is never easy because we as humans are hardwired to never want to admit that what we think could be wrong. Look at societal changes as a whole; every major change that has occurred has come with resistance, each time change has been presented in this country we have tried to completely re-educate a society that has no interest in changing their views. This is why change does not come quickly but one man, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, had a mission. He wanted to bring the segregated people together to live in equality. Facing others’ views of the situation as “unwise and untimely,” let’s face it, people are afraid of change. There will…show more content…
The following are historical events that were “unwise and untimely” and the amount of time it took for each of them to be addressed; suffrage 72 years, gay marriage 91 years, segregation 340 years. How long are we able as human beings to keep our citizens from their rights? King realized the intensity of the situation at hand so when the clergymen told King this was the wrong time for change to come about, I felt within his words the urgency that there is never going to be a correct time to bring about change. The following are two of King’s quotes and even though they are separate quotes, you can feel his train of thought flow when read together. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy… Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase (BrainyQuote).” Based on reading this quote King realizes that taking the first step onto this battle field will not be the last, but even in the face of diversity you have to continue to stand up and fight. There is no better time to start bringing about this change because “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” (King 1). When reading this quote King’s position on inequality seems obvious. King cannot stand to see even one person suffer, but to see an entire segment of the population being degraded and stripped of their natural born rights is
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