Letter To Birmingham Jail

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Dear Dr. Martin Luther King When I first read your letter the one thing that surprised me was that you did not blame all of the white people, just the white moderate. Those are the people meant to protect you and your rights, yet did none of what they were expected. Through all of your metaphors and comparisons I truly have gotten an understanding of what took place during the times of segregation. Being placed in jail for speaking on your beliefs would make angry with anybody or anything that had to do with the problem, but you didn’t act out, you stood your ground. You even talked about one of your fellow clergymen, whom is white, as being your brother. Saying that showed your readiness to move forward and make this time, as you said, “constructive or destructive,” but it was up to the people to decide what they wanted to do. The people against desegregation called your actions untimely, yet there was no better time than now, because time is neutral. I honestly have no clue how I would have lived in the time when black and whites were separated. Many of the people that have made a strong impact in my life today are a different race, most of them being black. I could never look at them any different than I look at myself. It seems as if the white moderate were trying to brainwash the community to judge people based on their skin tone rather than who they really were. You used the comparison of negative and positive peace, and I find it completely horrible that there was really a debate on which peace the people should have. Today, we have colored teachers, lawyers, and police officers; we even have a colored president, but we don’t refer to them as “colored” anymore. In our lives today those people that were once called colored are now called equal. They have equal rights, positive peace, and the ability to have a bright future with no restraints. The

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