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Analysis Of The Book ' My Dungeon Shook ' By James Baldwin

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African Americans have been inferior to Whites for nearly 100 years. Moreover, experiencing the forefront of brutality, racism, and discrimination of this great nation. Baldwin, King, and Coates write informative letters addressing the lifestyle forced upon blacks, due to the misguided tradition. The authors express the benefits of the injudicious customs for Whites at the price of slavery, injustice, and violence towards Black Americans. Each letter argues that a person should not be discouraged or dismayed, but to have faith in the system because you too will live the American Dream. Baldwin, King, and Coates overflow their letters with hope, faith, and love to educate people when they’re in their darkest hour. “My Dungeon Shook” by…show more content…
They may know their ways are wrong but refuse to acknowledge it because it goes against the tradition that’s been established. Baldwin states, “You must accept them and accept them with love; for these innocent people have no other hope, they are in effect still trapped in a history which they do not under; and until they understand it they cannot be released from it” (pp.2). Baldwin asserts not to transform oneself, rather remain humble and hopeful. The second letter, “Letter from Birmingham Jail”, Martin Luther King Jr. aim is civil disobedience, nonviolence, and the church. He believes it is the church responsibility to ensure equality and integrity for all mankind. He argues, “In spite of my shattered dreams of the past, I came to Birmingham with the hope that the white religion leadership of this community would see the justice of our causes and with deep moral concern serve as the channel through which our grievance could get to the power structure; I had hope that each of you would understand; But again I have been disappointed” (pp. 5). Kings assert that the main problem captivating society is injustice and segregation of Black Americans. Moreover, he states, “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 affects all
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