Segregation In Letter From Birmingham Jail

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Dr. King illustrates the illogical wrong doings of America towards black people in his two writings to represent the error and injustice in segregation. In “I Have a Dream” Dr. King explains that even though slavery ended “one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free.” In addition to this in “I Have a Dream”, the text also states that the constitution promised “unalienable Rights” to all American citizens but it has failed to give black people, american citizens, their rights. In “Letter from Birmingham Jail”, the black community sought to negotiate and talk with the people in power, whites, “But the latter consistently refused to engage in good faith negotiation.” Furthermore in “Letter from Birmingham Jail”, Dr. King relates how …show more content…

Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation promising freedom to all slaves, 100 years before 1963, but black people aren’t really free yet. They might not be shackled with the chains of slavery but they were not free, not while black people faced execution, violence, jail, physical and verbal abuse, discrimination, and the segregated lifestyle. The Declaration of Independence signed by the founding fathers in which they gave every American citizen guaranteed rights of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Black people are American citizens, in fact you get citizenship for being born here and all were born here, but they were still denied these guaranteed rights. They lived a limited life, had few liberties, and even less happiness. Dr. King uses these two examples to point out how wronged the black community is and inspire more people to fight for black rights. The clergymen were the target audience for “Letter from Birmingham Jail”, they criticized his work and sided with unlawful people Dr. King corrects their misunderstandings and urges them to fight for justice after showing them the injustice side their

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