Letter from Birmingham Jail
Martin Luther King Jr was considerably the most prominent activist in the era of U.S. Civil Rights movement. King emphasized the need to have equality between black and whites in the United States. Due to his radical actions in the fight for freedom, King was jailed many times. It was during his timein Birmingham jail that King wrote a letter addressed to different groups in the society(Ferry, 2005). This paper will reflect on the reading deliberating on the opinions indicated by King.
I believe King’s letter is a call to emphasize the need for religion to fight against blacks’ rights in the United States. In addition, it is letter of encouragement to some and condemnation to others. King criticized the white moderates in the United States who once told him. I believe it is important for all individuals to support oppression. As such, anger felt by King while writing the said letter should not have existed. Letter from Birmingham jail illustrates a pictorial depiction of life in the United States during the civil rights movement era. The reading shows the amount of challenges activists underwent during the time including challenges from people expected to be in support of the movement. The importance of activisms of the time cannot be understated(King, 1963). This statement represented the stand taken by the white moderates. White moderates in the United States sympathized with the civil rights movement but were devoted to “order” rather than justice(King, 1963). The reading shows an individual with problems emanating from his fellow colleagues and the white oppressors. They were agreeable to Kings Goals but in disdain of his methodologies. It is important to note that criticism of Martin Luther King Jr by other black clergymen shows the epitome of instability in the human society. It is impossible to garner the support of everyone even if it is for a noble cause. People are different and there will always be critics. While his fight was vindicated, other people under the same oppression did not support his activities. It was important for all individuals to come together in the fight. In my opinion, King was vindicated in his contempt for the people against his methodologies. Although violence is not encouraged it is important to have a hard stance towards racism(King, 1963)
It was very important for the civil rights movement to exist as it enabled the accomplishment of racial freedom in the USA. As such, activities of King are considered legendary and heroic.
Ferry, J. P. (2005). The End of American Exceptionalism. Journal of Economic Perspective, 34-40.
King, M. L. (1963, April 16). Letter from Birmingham Jail. Retrieved December 5, 2015, from King Enclyclopedia: http://kingencyclopedia.stanford.edu/encyclopedia/documentsentry/annotated_letter_from_birmingham/