Martin Luther's Response To The Eight White Clergymen

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Martin Luther wrote a letter in response to the Eight White Clergymen. Using ethos, pathos and logos, King tried to persuade the church to adhere to the problems African Americans are facing. He let them know that what they wrote in their letter was not the completely accurate. Most importantly he told them even if the church does not come to aid, African Americans will still overcome their struggle and gain their freedom. “But even if the church does not come to the aid of justice, I have no despair about the future.” King kind of challenged the church; with or without them, African Americans will continue to strive. “If the inexpressible cruelties of slavery could not stop us, the opposition we now face will surely fail.” This is also an example of pathos because it evoked sympathy from the readers. Another appeal to be mentioned is the ethical appeal. “I have no fear about the outcome of our struggle in Birmingham, even if our motives at present are misunderstood.” Martin Luther King is saying that he knows the outcome will be good. The question comes to mind, “What gives him credibility?” Him saying, “I have no fear…” shows his compassion for this issue. He is a colored man…show more content…
He can truthfully deny what the clergymen said about the police force calmly handling the demonstrators. In opposition and in a somewhat sarcastic tone he stated, “You warmly commended the Birmingham police force for keeping “order” and “preventing violence.” He of all people would really know how colored people were treated. He followed with an excellent use of pathos. “I doubt you would so quickly commend the policemen if you were to observe their ugly and inhumane treatment of Negros here in the city jail; if you were to watch them push and curse old Negro women and young Negro girls…” The clergymen should feel obligated to recant what they had previously said about commending the police

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