Letter From A Birmingham Jail

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Rhetorical Analysis: Letter from a Birmingham Jail Racism is part of America’s history. Historical leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr. brought the Injustice problems to the light. King, Jr. “Letters from a Birmingham Jail confronts racism in the United States of America through his response letter to the clergymen criticism, while he is in jail due to holding a protest in Birmingham, Alabama. King, Jr. wrote “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” to defend the non-violent protest. He claims that the protest needed to happen because of the injustice that was going on. “In any nonviolent campaign there are four basic steps: collection of the facts to determine whether Injustice exist; negotiation; self-purification; and direct action. We have gone…show more content…
“I doubt that you would so quickly commend the policemen if you were to observe their ugly and inhumane treatment of Negros here in the city jail; if you were to watch them push and curse old Negro men and young boys; if you were to observe them, as they did on two occasions, refused to give us food because we wanted to sing our grace together.” (King, Jr., n.d) Unfortunately, back in 1960’s they didn’t have technology to showcase everything so, in effort to educate people on what the police are truly to the African-Americans. He also appeals once again to pathos because people tend to understand and feel empathy when the writer uses pathos. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. also used logos throughout his letters for example: “Let us consider a more concrete example of just and unjust laws. An unjust law is a code that a numerical or power majority group compels a minority group to obey but does not make binding on itself. This is difference made legal. By the same token, a just law is a code that a majority compels a minority to follow and that it is willing to follow itself. This is sameness made legal. Let me give another explanation. A law is unjust if it is inflicted on a minority that, as a result of being denied the right to vote, had no part in enacting or devising the law. Who can say that the legislature of Alabama which set up that state 's segregation laws was democratically elected? Throughout Alabama all sorts of devious

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