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The writer begins his letter by commending Dr. King, Jr. on his even tone and the sound logic of his arguments. The writer goes on to argue against King's insistence on his non-violent approach. This writer asserts that he is disappointed that King has not yet plumbed the depths of racial oppression and degradation in this country, for otherwise he would certainly advocate stronger action to secure the black man's freedom.
From the Paper:"Let me begin by saying how honored I felt to read your letter written from your cell in a Birmingham jail in response to certain critics of yours who found your actions "unwise and untimely." Your even tone and the sound logic of your arguments left little doubt as to the correctness of your conclusions in the face of such timidity and cowardice on the part of the white ministers who wrote to you. Your words and ideas have a true power and the ability to affect people even from a printed page, and this is a gift that you have used consistently at great personal sacrifice to yourself and your family in the service of your race, and for this I thank you.
"In your letter, you continually speak about the need to face reality, and to judge the current situation of the so-called Negro for what it is--not what people believe it will be in time, or what it could be or should be, but simply for what it is. You correctly identify the situation as one of ongoing, systematic, purposeful and calculated oppression that self-perpetuates by denying the so-called Negro the right to vote and access to the courts and other legal institutions, such that a man of color living in the South can more take part in electing his representatives in the halls of government than he can seek justice for abuses he receives to his person, the theft of his property, or even the murder of his family. You are clearly able to see the situation for what it is."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Du Bois, W. E. B. (1906). "Harper's ferry Speech." Accessed 17 September 2009. http://www.africanamericanstudies.buffalo.edu/ANNOUNCE/niagaramovement/harpers/harperspeech.html
- King, M.L. (1963). "Letter from a Birmingham Jail." Accessed 17 September 2009. http://www.africa.upenn.edu/Articles_Gen/Letter_Birmingham.html
- X, Malcolm. (1963). "The Black Revolution." Accessed 17 September 2009. http://www.malcolm-x.org/speeches/spc_06__63.htm
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