What Does King Symbolize In From Birmingham Jail

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Throughout reading King’s letter “From Birmingham City Jail” there are many strong points made that could easily compel the reader to understand his point of view. Each paragraph was intricately written to have a deeper meaning. One paragraph that stood out to be the strongest was paragraph twelve. This paragraph had strong points that put the reader in a poignant standing with in the situations that were brought upon, one could easily feel the inequality expressed. If we look at the previous paragraph building up to this one, King starts off by saying “We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed” (King 5). King explicitly states that no progress will be …show more content…

King stated that the black community has waited long enough. “We have waited for more than three hundred and forty years for our constitutional and God-given rights” (King 5). These are rights that everyone should have yet people had been neglected of them just because of their skin color. Other countries were making progress while they were stuck on an unnecessary issue. King uses a great analogy to explain this “The nations of Asia and Africa are moving with jet-like speed toward the goal of political independence, and we still creep at horse and buggy pace toward the gaining of a cup of coffee at a lunch counter” (King 6). King expresses how well a country like Africa and Asia are increasing their independence, while someone of his race cannot get a simple …show more content…

Knowing that this is an everyday struggle for the black community, changes your views on how things are established for them. An individual that is not a part of such community can make a statement and say that everything is fine the way it is, but once you get an insight how the black community really lives their lives, it changes your overall perspective. These people have lived tough lives and King is expressing a small part of the real world, but that small part makes such a bold and loud statement that one could not easily

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