Martin Luther King's Letter to the Alabama Term Paper

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Martin Luther King's Letter to the Alabama clergymen written while he is jailed in Birmingham Jail, it is apparent in Luther's reaction that the clergymen disagrees with Luther's course of action, that is, to protest in a "nonviolent," yet "direct" action (par. 7). The clergymen described King's actions in Alabama as "unwise and untimely," since his actions and protests against racial discrimination, according to the clergymen, only brought up tension and pressure to the somewhat peaceful status of the Birmingham society. The action taken by King's group was unwise because of the increased tension that the protests had brought in the society, and untimely, since many of the white American population sees the racial discrimination problem as something that will be solved "in due time," an issue that King termed as the white American society's belief in the "myth of time" (par. 19). The clergymen's disapproval of King and Co.'s actions illustrate that the clergymen's overall response to the Civil Rights Movement is that of resignation, resignation to the fact that racial prejudice in the American society is inevitable, and will eventually be resolved in 'due time.' Thus, the Alabama clergymen's disagreement to the King's action of protest against racial prejudice is also a direct disagreement to the Civil Rights Movement, because it breaks the status quo of the society (par. 35).

2. Martin Luther King's letter to the Alabama clergymen also confronted the issue of the latter's reaction to King's action protests because his actions only agitate the 'peaceful' Birmingham society, leading them to remark that the tension presently happening in Birmingham was caused by 'outsiders.' In the first part of King's letter, he stated that the clergymen's reaction to the increased tension in Birmingham is "influenced by the argument of 'outsiders coming in'" (par. 2), stating that the reason for his coming to Birmingham is not merely to intrude and…

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