Richard Wright 's Letter From A Birmingham Jail

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It is clearly apparent in society that segregation causes unneeded violence and hatred that can be stopped once everyone learns to respect and notice their differences. Although, this transformation does not seem to be as easy as it sounds. In this case, fear impacts equality and when fear prevents equality, people 's’ opinions are not able to be heard, leading to discrimination and injustice. The fear of differing ideas and opinions makes it hard to reach independence and freedom because a negative mindset is preventing the transformation. Throughout history and into today, the largest injustice in our society deals with racial prejudice, and the fear of emerging cultures often leads to superiority with the majority of the population and inferiority with the minority. Throughout reading Native Son by Richard Wright, “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” by Martin Luther King Jr., “A Model of Christian Charity” by John Winthrop, looking at the historical and biographical facts from my research on Richard Wright, and noticing my classmate’s and my own thoughts, I have recognized many concepts used that reflect the authors’ work that explain their contrasting perspectives on life. Two main concepts that I saw repeating throughout this semester in our readings were fear and equality and how the two conflict. As we read Native Son, Bigger’s resulting attitude toward the whites is a combination of anger and powerful fear. He fears the whites as an overpowering force that he cannot

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