It's because they are human beings

1891 WordsJul 16, 20188 Pages
Sitting down at Barnes and Noble, or Starbucks, with a coffee and a tasty blueberry muffin, doesn’t seem so complicated. A problem that might arise, is there an electrical plug nearby to plug in the lab top just in case the battery gets low on power? Simple enough, the coffee is just right and the internet is up and running. What better morning could there be? Such simple freedoms everyone takes for granted, never a second thought to whether this is allowed? Who can purchase food and drink here? Is the color of my skin the right color? Stopping to consider what are my civil rights? How did we get here, a point in time where an individual has civil rights? Looking back do we realize the hard work of those who stood up to injustice…show more content…
From the point of the first Africans arriving in the America’s, as slaves, up to King’s tireless work for change, they knew “through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” (224) King was doing just that, demanding the world’s attention, because “oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever. The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself, and that is what has happened to the American Negro. Something within has reminded him of his birthright for freedom, and something without has reminded him that it can be gained.” (230) King took time and was careful with the details when he wrote the “Letter from Birmingham Jail”. So, whose fault was it? Who was most responsible for the oppression of the African-Americans? King concluded the white moderate, the middle class, was the reason. They needed their orderly lives to stay unchanged. They were so use to doing what they wanted, which included segregation. King’s letter noted his disappointment “with the white moderate.” (227) King had “reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom” was the “white moderate” who was “more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says, “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with

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