Martin Luther King And Sartre Comparison

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Freedom can mean many things to many people, freedom to me means being liberated from what once held one in bondage. Although, freedom according to the Merriam Webster’s dictionary gives a concise definition which states: “Liberation from slavery or restraint or from the other power of another: independence. Nevertheless, Martin Luther king Jr. is a well-known activist who fought for the freedom for African Americans. Also know for the March and his I have a dream speech. He wrote a letter while being kept in the Birmingham jail giving his rebuttal to the 8 clergy man who fail to address issues about segregation and race that have been ignored for a very long time. Philosopher Jean- Paul Sartre also wrote about freedom. He believes freedom …show more content…
One is fighting for freedom for a specified group of people in terms of public freedom (MLK) and the other is telling society that we are free if we are able to have a choice (Sartre). Sartre was also an existentialist, and Martin Luther King was not. Their differences are actually not bad. With all the racism that is going on in todays I believe that both theories are useful. I believe they both would apply in today’s society because people have a right to their public freedom and people owe it to themselves to understand that they can be in control of that with choice and not just by merely existing but taking action like the riots and peace walks to raise an awareness that their indeed is an issue. It intrigues me to know that we have had phenomenal people walk on this earth and show us various techniques to deal with certain situations like racism but yet we are still in the same boat trying to row it without a …show more content…
I’m not negating that M.L.K did not do well in addressing the eight clergy men from the Birmingham jail,since he was able to show the people in his letter that blacks had been mistreated and oppressed for a long time which is great! However, Jean-Paul Sartre has tact and he goes into depth as explain Existentialism and Freedom. What blacks were looking for was being able to have a choice in which they did not have. Sartre’s theory speaks volumes for our society today not only for blacks but for every one as a whole. In life one has choices that need to be made; and we definitely can’t not exist just by existing. “The waiter cannot be immediately a café waiter in the sense that this inkwell is an inkwell” “It is necessary that we make ourselves what we are.(Twelve theories,pg236) I believe that the power of our nation in some instances not all has been misused to separate a people that has been built to be united. If we all can begin with ourselves and decide that we will stop the hate; and we will stop the existing just to exist, but as citizens we will extend the love and hope that we show others (other Nations) to our own fellow citizens…Oh! How wonderfully united the United States would be. Being a citizen doesn’t make you a citizen just because you have papers but your patriotism and your actions

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