Racism is one of the biggest problems in the world. There are people in society that work to end segregation. Martin Luther King wrote a letter talking about the treatment to African-Americans: The letter from a Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King. He wrote this to address a big problem in 1963 at Alabama and the United States: racism.
He wrote the letter with conviction and passion trying to solve the problem. Doctor Martin Luther King was in jail because of his involvement in nonviolent civil disobedience, his protest was because of segregation of colored people in public spaces, like bus stops, restaurants, bathrooms: African Americans were divided by color. Mistreatment just because of the color of their skin, King was talking in the letter that his issue can be a negative effect in society in future and that is why he was working to change it. He supports his claims with evidence because he wants the audience to believe in him. He wrote a letter after being imprisoned after protesting to desegregate, and he took his time in his cell to demonstrate his position.
The author talks about how a bad treatment was from the White American to the African American, in other words, the black community. The “Letter from Birmingham Jail” converse about how the injustice to the African American in Birmingham, Alabama, he’s trying to demonstrate that the black people need to have equal rights, as the white people. People noticed that Martin Luther King was in Alabama because the segregation was there, and his people ‘African American’ need him. In paragraph two and three, he shows that he has to be in Alabama because he noticed that discrimination to the Black people was in Birmingham.
He never used violence in the protest. King’s stated, ” Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affect all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with narrow, provincial “outsider agitator” idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never consider an outsider anywhere within its bound” (King, 1). His point was that if one black person was injured, the whole community would be, too.
He says to the clergymen that his presence in Alabama was to lay out’ justice meaning that he was not there to cause disruption, his goals were to fight for equality. King wants to work against the injustice that was in town and help to establish more civil rights to the black people in Birmingham. One of King’s point in the “Letter from a Birmingham” is an injustice against black people, as he shows in the letter when he was talking about ‘unjust treatment’, he stated that black people were treated unfairly in the courts, meaning that there was a difference between colors. “Unjust treatment” is only one bad thing, treat someone unfairly, to the African American because of their race. How can people answer when a kid asks, ” why do the white people treat colored people so mean? (King, 3).
We should be ashamed of ourselves, the society, when a child asks you that and do not know how to answer or do not have the right answer. It is hard for children to understand that since they are so naive and do not know anything that has happened. For them, there is no difference between races, which would make it even harder for somebody to explain to a kid why white people treat black people differently. However, nowadays generations have the power and support to get rid of treatment based on somebody’ skin color. We are all human and God wants us all in the same way, regardless of our ethnicity. African American are treated unjustly because the white people expectation has of them: slavery and not rights. The African American had been treated that form because white people always treated them like a bad person, less value in society: the one that always has to do the hard work and the one that is in the lower-lower class, they just do not like the color because they are not the same as them and discrimination comes into that because a horrible treatment to the black people.
Martin Luther King was trying to fix a racial inequality problem. According to the white people, African Americans were like people from a different planet, treated differently, in the letter he talks about the color difference and his non-violence protest. Add into the aggressive treatment to the African American when King stated in the letter, “Negroes have experienced grossly unjust treatment in the courts”(King 1), the treatment that “Negroes” received can be more because of their color, race, culture, not too much because of their acts. In this quote, King is trying to respond to the position that was made by the Clergymen but King is saying that the Clergymen have not handed with the problem to the Black people that is the racism situation.
In this case, Martin Luther King said to the Clergymen that Alabama is going through an era of racism, which is why his protest campaigns are necessary, when he stated, “There have been more unsolved bombings of Negroes homes and churches in Birmingham than in any other city nation”(King, 1). The author’s opinion is that it is due to racial hatred on the part of those who did it and on the part of the authorities, the authorities did not worry about solving these bombings because they suspected or knew that power targets were behind that issue. His position in the letter is to prove to a large population that segregation has a negative impact in society and he is showing how bad is a treatment for the black and how they are suffering in the United States. His letter takes place in the jail when King expresses his thoughts and talks about the segregation against African Americans. In order to accomplish this, King uses logos, ethos and pathos in the ” Letter from Birmingham” to trying to let people know about the segregation situation that had been taking place in American for the past years. Martin Luther King wants a change, he declares “And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream” (King).
By writing this letter and protesting peacefully, king was trying to unify others regardless of their skin color, his “dream” is the same treatment for everyone, he wants freedom and hope. He emphasizes that he wants hope, unity and equal freedom for future generations.