Birmingham City Jail

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Letter from Birmingham City Jail was written by Martin Luther King Jr. while he was sitting in his prison cell. Martin Luther King Jr. explains how he is disappointed in some people but proud of others for what they have done to stand up against the government. He exposes to people some examples of cruelty that the police and government are inflicting on innocent people for no reason and what others are doing to stop it. Letter from Birmingham City Jail is effective in the way that it appeals to our emotions and provides us with the reality of what happened. Letter from Birmingham City Jail provides the audience with many examples of cruelty that were happening in the area around them. Mothers and fathers of young children were lynched (MLK …show more content…
While the police are being commended for keeping order and preventing violence in the streets, they are actually the ones taking it upon themselves to punish those who challenge them and the laws of the city. MLK provides the audience with many examples of police brutality in his paper. They allow their dogs to bite unarmed, non violent negroes. In the jails, they bully and curse old and young negroes and will refuse them food because they want to sing grace together (MLK 13). One of the traditions that everybody in the U.S shares is the practice of religion, I imagine a lot of people, even those on the side of the police, would feel that it is wrong to stop people from practicing their religion because it is one thing that everybody can agree is necessary in our lives. They would say how the police are violating their constitutional rights because they are not allowing them to continue with their religious acts. However, some may not be as brave to speak up because they fear what would happen to them if they were discovered to have been standing up for negroes. So even those these examples could be used to encourage people to start putting forth an effort to stand up, they could also be used as ways to prevent them from standing up. The thought of being hurt is one of the most popular reasons why people do not want to risk protesting. The reality is that there are some people in the world …show more content…
The letter used images and quotes to appeal to our emotions and showed us that we have a choice in life. We can either stand by and let nature run its course or we can rise and try to resolve this conflict before anyone else gets

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