Summary Of Letter From Birmingham Jail By Martin Luther King

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Walking a mile in someone else’s shoes could truly change someone 's perspective of their own life, and how they choose to judge other people’s lives. In life people tend to judge those they know nothing about. People tell us first impressions are always important because in that moment someone is going to decide whether they see you as a likeable person, or if you aren 't worth their time. From that moment on whether you talk to that person or if you never speak to them again they are going to judge what you do. For King and the rest of the black race in the United States, people didn 't give them the chance to be seen for who they are. They were not given the chance to make a good first impression, people automatically assumed the worst…show more content…
Martin Luther King, Jr. explains in his “Letter From Birmingham Jail” that what is going on in the United States is ethically unstable.“ I have tried to make clear that it is wrong to use immoral means to attain moral ends. But now I must affirm that it is just as wrong, or perhaps even more so, to use moral means to preserve immoral ends” (7). An author John Patton even chimes in on King 's approach and questions “ Can the plan be ethically justified in line with King’s strong believe that the means for social change are as important as the ends?” (61). As a matter of fact King’s plan can be ethically justified. Anyone who has morals would be morally wrong if they used those morals to make immoral ends. People with morals should not be seen doing immoral acts. Within “Letter from Birmingham Jail” King states another point that shows what was happening in the United States is ethically wrong. He states, “privileged groups seldom give up their privileges voluntarily” (2). Therefore King’s use of ethos played a big role in changing America’s frame of…show more content…
Without a doubt Martin Luther King Jr 's uses logos everywhere within his letter. Michael Osborn talks about king 's use of logos, and what Osborn perceived it as. “The race must no longer be denied its place at the table of the human family”(30). This quote is a very strong slap in the face to the white Americans. It may not be a direct quote from King’s letter, but the quote definitely fits with what king was trying to say. Michael Osborn wrote this blunt quote to shock his readers. He is trying to tell us that we are all human, so we should treat each other with respect. The color of your skin should not define who you are. Michael Osborn’s quote ties in with King’s letter when he states “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all
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