My worldview is based on a religious background as I am Christian and therefore live my life according to the bible. Racism, prejudice, and reconciliation are indeed painful conversations. We often talk about reconciliation that is important between God and humanity but what about reconciliation that is important between individuals? Are people of society really born racist or are they actually taught to be racist by their fellow peers and parents? The answer to this question is found in the quote of Nelson Mandela, who stated that ‘No one is born hating another person because of his skin, background or religion.
Ty’ Keylah White Ms. Edwina Mosby English Composition I October 31, 2017 Rhetorical Analysis: Letter from Birmingham Jail Summary/Assessment: In his Letter from Birmingham Jail, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is responding to a few white religious leaders who stated that his nonviolent reveal against segregation was “unwise and untimely” (1). Dr. King had to be really upset at the clergymen because he rarely acknowledges criticism of his work. He states that since they brought up “outsiders coming in”, meaning that they went to the city of Birmingham to start a conflict. He argues his equality to be there like anyone else speaking on the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia but run through every Southern state. Dr. King says “anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered outsiders” (4).
These societies, which do differentiate in many ways, successes’ compare in that they are both able to complete the task of making everyone think they are equal. The term “successes” is used sparingly in this case, because one would not consider making humans equal in this way a “success.” In “Harrison Bergeron” the speaker states that every person who is above the average in beauty, intelligence, or strength has their own handicap to level out humankind. Harrison’s father even “had a little mental handicap radio in his ear” (1) to restrain his brain from thinking due to his above average intellect. The government went to extreme measures to make everyone the same, even “[requiring] by law to wear it at all times” (1). As with beauty and other ways people are required to
The locusts arriving in Things Fall Apart can symbolize the arriving of the white missionaries, there to convert and “save” the African people. Okonkwo, the main character of Things Fall Apart, has the nickname of “Roaring Flame”. Okonkwo and his masculinity could symbolize and represent a raging fire, showing no emotion except anger because all other emotions portray weakness. Okonkwo does not show affection to his family, and
Moreover, King uses these three rhetorical elements to express the treatment African Americans faced, the unjust laws by using examples back in history to show that these laws were not right at all, and his reason as to why he is in Birmingham due to the racial inequality whites have shown towards negroes. King main idea of his letter is “Injustice anywhere will be a threat to justice everywhere.” (King 1) Therefore, King is using this letter as a way of saying we have to protest racism and injustice, but we cannot do it violently because then that will be considered unjust too. Martin Luther King uses a tone of righteousness to talk about the right versus the wrong and explaining why what he is doing is correct. So, he is also making an ethical appeal, meaning he is talking about ethics and showing that he is a credible person. King is a person of character with an
To describe Douglass's point of view, Boxill writes, "Given that the U.S. supported slavery; despite having a constitution specifically designed to end slavery, he would have to suppose that its government and people were wickedly misreading, misinterpreting, or simply ignoring its constitution" (Boxill 304). To further describe Douglass's conflict, he states, "The more he sang the virtues of the Constitution the more he mourned the vices of the government and the people" (Boxill 304). Portraying the American people as hypocrites and traitors to the Constitution, he exhibits Douglass' negative views of the people of the early nineteenth
The intended audience for this letter was not just the eight clergy men but also for any whites who believed the black community should stop protesting and let time take over their fate. King was a very educated man who was raised in a Christian upbringing this is where his roots lie when it comes to civil disobedience and peaceful protests. This letter explains the current events in Birmingham in 1963 as well as the rest of America and it defines the action taken by King through the whole civil rights movements. The theme of this letter, or argument was how to treat the vulnerable who at this time were the black community. This document could be classified as a private letter and also a political letter due to the fact that the letter was originally intended for the clergy men in Birmingham; however, it was also made public and discussed major political issues that affected the society.
Just and unjust laws are created to “better the world” when in reality some people are hurt in the process, which is why individuals agree with Dr. King’s assertions. The significance of just laws is that they are fair to everyone and people based on their gender, race, ethnicity or color are not discriminated. The text states, “A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God”(King, paragraph sixteen). What this quote is trying to say is that if a law creates peace and equality, then it means that it is just. A law is considered fair if it applies to everyone no matter their skin color or gender.
They called out to other Whites to join their racist cause, and protect the people of their color. They also said, “...teach the blacks to beware of further... aggression, that we call upon the men of our race… to unite with us in an earnest effort to re-establish a white man’s government in the city and state…”(White League, 1874). This exhibits the racial targeting African Americans were experiencing during this period. They are being threatened to diminish their success in office and establish a White Man’s government. Additionally, a political cartoon
She exemplifies the white farming community as a sympathetic group for the protagonist, Marias Van der Vyver, that “understand how he must feel” and who “see the truth” (Gordimer,1992, p.106). These implies the whites’ interpretation that suites on their purpose to justify themselves. They are turning away from the fact that one of the men from their community killed a black boy, but still give understanding to the accident and behave as if they actually take in the situation of the murder. The social background is, as mentioned previously, before apartheid ended; therefore, the white South Africans were segregating the black South Africans unreasonably; this scene exemplifies the inequality within the society in South Africa then. On the contrary, Gordimer explains the blacks as the group “who want to destroy the white man’s power” (Gordimer, 1992, p.106) who would use the incident “in their boycott and divestment campaigns” (Gordimer ,1992, p.105).