In black theology the goal is to discern what God is up to and how God is working on behalf of the downtrodden and fighting for them against their oppressors. This line of thinking led Cone to make the bold claim, which must have been quite shocking and offensive, especially to white Christians in the late 60s and early 70s, that “any message that is not related to the liberation of the poor in the society is not Christ 's message,” which for him meant that “Christian theology must become Black Theology” that has as its primary consideration the needs of the oppressed and marginalized in society
Martin Luther King preaches in his speech about the wronging ways they have been treated for so long and what he “dreams” will happen in the time to come. From his speech, he states, “Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked ‘insufficient funds.’” King is referring to the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” from the Constitution and Declaration of Independence about how they are not being treated as these two documents proclaim that every man should be. While Atticus states, “some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some Negro men are not to be trusted around women—black or white. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men. There is not a person in this courtroom who has never told a lie, who has never done an immoral thing, and there is no man living who has never looked upon a woman without desire."
In a single but powerful phrase he states, "segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever.”1 The words in his speech and its delivery are synchronized to convey hatred, throughout the speech, Wallace is shown shaking his fist to round up rallying cries of support. While a governor is supposed to oversee the common welfare of its people, Wallace’s demeaning message expresses that African Americans are less worthy of respect, which unfortunately reflects the opinions of many white southerners during this time. Many white southerners viewed African Americans demands for racial equality as a threat to their social, economic, and political order. It consequently led to white southerners to view George Wallace as an answer to end their fears. In an audio diary, James Poe Jr., a former student civil right activist recalls that violence immediately followed Wallace’s speech.
The goal in going to prison is making the unfair laws public and calling more attention to them. Thoreau speaks out on how important it is to protest these unfair laws and how breaking them is a form of protest. In Letter From a Birmingham Prison, King writes about how he was arrested for peaceful protest. He was protesting the unfair laws and treatment against African Americans. During this time period segregation
In the memoir “Letter from Birmingham,” by Martin Luther King Junior, he vilifies white oppressors who abuse African-Americans and the government who authorizes the maltreatment. Dr. King Jr. uses factual arguments as an effective appeal to the public’s conscience, a plea to fight against racism and injustice, and a punishment to those complacent people who simply watch and do nothing to help. He vocalizes the undeserved punishment African-Americans who live in the south are given, physical and mental, and emphasizes the unfairness to pull at the reader’s heartstrings and make the complacent regret not doing anything to prevent the cruel injustice. African-Americans have been unreasonably hurt for generations without sympathy or vengeance.
The “Letter from Birmingham Jail” by Martin Luther King Jr. is about the unfair, brutal, and racist treatment the black community has been receiving from white people. This letter was written when he was arrested after peacefully protesting about segregation and how the black people didn’t agree with the law. In the letter, Martin Luther King Jr.’s feelings are being expressed toward the unfair events and it is an example of a well-written argument. In the letter are three claims pointed from King, it states he has a valid reason for being in Birmingham, the black community has no alternative, but to demonstrate and the need for justice is urgent. Also, it discusses king’s intentions during the civil rights movements.
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
In “Letter from Birmingham Jail” Martin Luther King responds to the clergymen’s critics of his actions by justifying why action is needed. King describes the long-awaited freedom and equality the black community has been waiting for. He discusses about time being neutral, and how it can be used constructively or destructively. King explains that action needs to be taken, and used constructively in order for things to change. Just like King, Terry Tempest Williams, in her own ways uses time constructively to take action for her family and the rest of the victims of the atomic bomb testings.
In the selected section from “Letter from Birmingham Jail”, Martin Luther King wants to abolish American’s segregation law. He divides all the laws into two categories. One is just law and the other one is unjust law. King indicates that the segregation law is an unjust law which seriously affects black people’s lives. I agree with King’s view on the segregation law.
By writing Black Like Me, John Griffin was trying to write down everything he felt was important on his journey as a black man. One of the major things wrote down was the idea of white racism. Which is the belief that white people are superior to other races and because of that should run society. So, the main topic of the novel was social divide of whites and African Americans. As a black man John saw the contempt white people had towards African Americans, and just the overall condescending attitude emanated from these people.
Martin Luther King Jr. wrote the letter from a Birmingham jail responding to his white clergymen. Martin was accused as being an outsider and he wrote the letter to defend himself. The clergymen were the ones who criticized what he did and got him put into jail. Dr. King wrote this letter towards religious leaders that had the power to change segregation laws but wouldn 't do it. He writes this because of the harsh treatment that African Americans received based on their skin tone being different.
Dr. King wrote the "Letter from Birmingham Jail" in response to a letter written by the Eight Alabama Clergymen who were protesting the progress of desegregation in Birmingham through peaceful acts by the Negro community. King responds to the eight clergymen in a respectful but yet stern and intelligent way. The clergymen expressed that they felt the Negro community 's actions were untimely, unwise, and disrespectful. The clergymen felt that these ethnic issues should be addressed in a court room and not on the corner. Although they understood where King was coming from, they felt like these actions would result in violence.
He strategically used biblical and historical references to expose the reality that segregation, injustice, and racism still strongly existed in Birmingham. Though it was an open letter to all Americans, his intended audience was the eight white clergymen. He presented them with concise reasoning for why they too should take action, or face the dilemma of being immorally incorrect in their beliefs. King pointed out how they were uneducated in the civil rights issues which put them at risk for losing their credibility as ministers. At the same time King appealed to his broader audience of fellow black Americans to continue to stand together in unity because
Adding on to Schweikart and Allen’s information, Zinn includes key facts and statistics about the unemployment gap between races, reasons for uprisings, and civil rights laws passed. Schweikart and Allen and Zinn all mention white hate towards blacks and Martin Luther King Jr, but in almost opposite ways. For example, Schweikart and Allen