Zehui Gong Professor CushingEnglish 1C1/29/2018Martin Luther King’sLetter in JailOn Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”,he elaborately explained reasons in a straightforward way to express the unjustbetween white and black. Also, he mentioned courage, perseverance, religion,and injustice. He gives an explicit declaration of his thought, one afteranother without giving the reader any chance to rest. This long letterdefinitely serves as an excellent argument for persuasion.From the start, Dr. King states that he was arrested andcurrently in Birmingham jail in Alabama.
Then, he talks about his belief innonviolent negotiation. Next, he claims that black people in America are allwaiting for justice. Here, he supports his statement with some emotionalinterlude, and one of them is,”whenyou suddenly find your tongue twisted and your speech stammering as you seek toexplain to your six year old daughter why she can’t go to the public amusementpark that has just been advertised on television, and see tears welling up inher eyes when she is told that Funtown is closed to colored children, and seeominous clouds of inferiority beginning to form in her little mental sky, andsee her beginning to distort her personality by developing an unconsciousbitterness toward white people” (King 46).
This scene of innocent children whocannot go to Funtown because of their skin color had left me the deepestmemory. After being sigh with emotion, with that, he explained professionallyabout right and wrong laws, “Anunjust law is a code that a numerical or power majority group compels aminority group to obey but does not make binding on itself. This is thedifference made legal. By the same token, a just law is a code that a majoritycompels a minority to follow and that it is willing to follow itself” (King47).Furthermore, a decent law can bewrongly applied by white people.
In fact, over 340 years, black peoples arestill waiting for freedom, and the right to vote. Follow up, he accused whitepeople and the church of them not being actively helping the Negros. The policewere abusing Black people including young and old, men and women.
At the end,he asks for apologies form the clergymen if he has said anything wrong in theletter. As I said in the beginning, this is definitely a persuasionletter because Dr. King first states why he is at Birmingham by giving theclergymen some background information. Second, he talked about the unjustissues of Black people, and actions he did trying to fix this problem. Third,he expressed the eagerness of Negros waiting for their freedom. Forth, he hadpointed out the problem with just and unjust laws. Fifth, he talked about whatare white people and the church’s action towards this unjustness.
Sixth, thepolices’ action towards black peoples are miserable. Last, he kindly asks forapologies from the clergymen and God. This straightforward letter, from top tobottom, does not have any wasted words, or any nonsense written. It is writtenin jail that covers all black peoples’ expectations and truth; that speaks outtheir deepest feelings and discontent. Everything was right on the spot. Onemain point right after another does enlarge the problem of racism. Works CitedCushing, Bill.
CriticalThinking and Writing. McGraw-Hill Education., 2017.