Analysis Of Martin Luther King 's ' The Day

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Niebuhr strongly emphasizes realities in the democratic process which impede any kind of quick abolition of segregation and quick passage of anti-discrimination laws. And given these realities, patience and faith are commended to African Americans in order to sustain them through this transition. Here, he also gives content to how this gradual shift will take place, citing Martin Luther King’s argument that suffrage will make way for all other changes. “In the memorable Prayer Pilgrimage to Washington,” Niebuhr remembers, “the youthful Negro champion, the Rev. Martin Luther King, wisely insisted that if only our democracy would give the Negro the elemental right of suffrage, all other injustice would be eliminated in time and would be eliminated without violence. Dr. King 's logic is certainly irrefutable.” Niebuhr agrees with King. However long the process may take, once voting rights are achieved, “all other injustice would be eliminated in time” and “without violence.” Like Niebuhr’s comments on South Africa, these last observations hit a surprisingly optimistic note. In other writings, Niebuhr takes note of a certain ineradicable racism as a form of group pride, which is related to realist appraisals of gradual change. In this piece, he suggests this racism can be eliminated within the limits of democratic possibilities, precisely through the passage of a voting rights bill which will allow African Americans equal representation in a democracy which has historically…
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