Martin Luther King Identity Analysis

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At a glance, one could determine that Martin Luther King advocated for a new set of social norms under which people would be judged “by the content of their character, not the color of their skin”. He envisioned a world where people of color are integrated in the broader society and he based that solely on the broader notion of humanity shared among all people as children of God. In that sense, there is no doubt that King advocated for a social shift based on the shared humanity of Blacks and Whites. However, this is not by any means a common thread with Plenty Coups as he was not at all concerned with that aspect. On the contrary, he is saddened by the fact that the members of the Crow tribe no longer have a strong and vibrant identity defined…show more content…
Therefore, while King advocates for social norms built around the shared humanity of Blacks and Whites, Plenty Coups is not concerned with such an aspect, but, on the contrary, he is concerned with building a vibrant identity as a member of the Crow tribe which in turn, would serve as a distinguishing element from the outer…show more content…
He indirectly acknowledges it when mentioning (together with the Crow historian cited by Lear) that the Crow people have essentially lost the meaning of their practices, starting from hunting, which does not make sense when there are no animals left to hunt, fighting, which was banned by the US Government and to simpler practices like cooking or housekeeping, which no longer serves the higher purpose of enabling the brave hunters and warriors to perform their duties. In such a severe loss of purpose, the Crow tribe lost that which set them aside from everyone else in their eyes, so their activities became as mundane as the activities of everyone else. In that sense, but in that sense alone, Plenty Coups indirectly acknowledges the inherent equality of the Crow people to everyone else if we can even call a mere observation that disheartens him an acknowledgment. His dream when he was 9 did anticipate this drastic change, but at no point did he wish for or try to push for a change that would make the Crow tribe lose its identity. Instead, his radical hope remained that one day, the identity of Crow people would be revitalized, that is fulfill the three required elements of a vibrant culture: have new established social roles to replace the old ones (warrior, hunter, leader etc), annotate these roles with honorary titles and standards of excellence and most
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