Analysis Of Martin Luther King 's Letter From Birmingham Jail

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Essay Four
Topic: Read Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” (in your Nexus book) and Brent Staples’s “Black Men and Public Space.” What do these works say about racism, prejudice, and bias? Have we made any progress in these areas since their publication? What problems do you still see and what solutions can you offer?

According to Opposing Viewpoints Online, Racism is “a prejudice or an animosity against a person or group of people who belong to a different race”. Many Americans wrongly assume that the problem of racism is no more simply because our president is a Black man. These are the same Americans that are supporting the confederate flag, screaming All Lives Matter, and battling blackness through LCD screens.
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Then the other children see that that child is getting a present so they start saying that they deserve a present too. Is it their birthday? No. Just like how all life isn’t being taken during the longest ongoing genocide, black life is.

This genocide has roots in physical enslavement and has led into psychological enslavement. A simple way to describe this mental enslavement is with the term Internalized Racism. As Denzel Washington’s character states in the 2007 film The Great Debaters, “... Keep the slave physically strong but psychologically weak and dependent on the slave master. Keep the body, take the mind...” (The Great Debaters) That was the goal with physical enslavement, to strike fear into the hearts of blacks so that they will slowly lose their minds. With lost minds and dependence on their oppressors, the institution of racism is not only established but it is internalized, and self loathing begins. With the help of internalized racism, during the Reconstruction era, the Ku Klux Klan is formed by several former confederate soldiers. Because they were former confederate soldiers, this terrorist group adopted the confederate flag throughout Reconstruction, and it inherently became a racist symbol. Being that it is a racist symbol, the usage of it, in any context whatsoever, is racist. Even though this is
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