Love and Equality for All Men!


       There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love, 1 John 4:18. Martin Luther King Jr is such an admirable man, a man who stood the test of time on many different occasions for equality and justice for all people, especially for African Americans, who at the time had been under oppression for more than 340 years. In the book “Practical Argument”, there is a letter from the Birmingham jail dated April 16, 1963, to 8 clergymen who questioned the methods Dr. King was trying to use in order to stop segregation and bring about justice and equality of all people, based on what the American constitution is about. Martin Luther had fought a good fight, to the point where he was imprisoned for what was right and just, but deemed unjust in the eyes of white supremacy.

       When things are done the right way all people should rejoice irrespective of one’s race, class, or skin color. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”. “Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly”. These are some of the most profound statements found in the letter to the clergymen.  Dr. King wrote of the unjust treatment that black people in Birmingham Alabama were facing and just how segregated things were.  It is such a shame to think of how mean and ugly some people can be. How could this be? We are all created by God; he is the maker of us all. In the U.S Declaration of Independence it says that, “All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, that to secure these rights governments are instituted among men.” If this is true African Americans should not have been treated with such unjust and cruel treatment like they were.

       The letter spoke of a 6 year old girl who questioned why she couldn’t simply go to the amusement park, all that she could do was watch it being advertized on television, while another 5 year old boy asked his dad, why do white people treat colored people so mean?  An “unjust law is no law at all”. The Supreme Court in 1954 broke the laws of segregation in public schools, which enabled whites and blacks to be together under one umbrella in the school system. Regardless of what a white or black person might think, segregation was evil and distasteful; it was a shameful and ungodly act. Let peace and love reign in our hearts, so that we can learn and appreciate all people the way that we would want others to appreciate us.

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Being Black in America: What does it really mean?

Throughout the years racial relations have transformed significantly. Martin Luther king Jr was a very influential man. I grew up being told whatever I wanted to do and be out in life is possible if I try, and that was because of him. He worked to end racial equality. This letter was written in 1963 and still 30 something years later we had the Rodney King Racial beating. Some people may feel that things were never going to change after this situation. In some ways they will always be right. Still to this very day racism is still going on. There is nothing anyone can do about. Certain individuals will never accept African Americans as there equals.

There’s a line in this letter saying “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. This line is still effective today. I say this because when the Trayvon Martin shooting happened certain individuals felt the man that shot him had that right because of the
“Stand your ground law”. This shooting change the entire world because many people felt the very opposite and were not happy with the way this case was going. One horrible encounter has the power to affect the entire universe. However I believe because of this letter things started to change drastically, but things got a lot worse before they improved.

Martin Luther King Jr paved the way for people like Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Coretta Scott King, and Betty X so they could continue their fight to help change the way they were being treated back then, even after his death.

Where we are, where we’ve been, and where we should be.

When I was in fourth grade I was asked to write a story about my hero, and I could pick any one in the world; I wrote about Martin Luther King Jr. Today I find myself writing about my long lost hero once again after reading his “Letter from Birmingham Jail”. In this letter King is sitting in a jail cell after protesting against segregation. I found so many things in this letter inspiring to me; I feel that this letter brought me back to what it was like at that day in age.

In the 14th paragraph of this article after being told his timing was not right for this protest he wrote why exactly timing is not of importance when you are being treated unfairly. As he described many things that happened to African Americans, and the things that he was trying to help put to a halt, it made me think about how far we have come. I think that we as a society forget that we have come so far, and that people sat in jails, were beaten, and even killed fighting so that we have the kind of freedom we are all able to have today. I say that we forget about how far we’ve come because there is still racism and hatred everywhere.

On page 701 King states how as an African America your first name becomes “nigger” for the whites; yet to this day you still hear people (all races including African American) calling each other such names even though that was something that they fought so hard to come up out of, and now it seems it is a part of most young kids/teens/young adults vocabulary. It also caught my eye when he was bringing their attention to other faults of justice. King stated that what Hitler did in Germany to the Jewish was declared “legal” at the time. Showing that all things that are legal are just and all things that are illegal are unjust; such as segregation.

Surprisingly I have never read this letter by King before but how he wrote with such passion as well as kindness was amazing. If it was me writing in that situation I don’t feel I could be as kind to the ‘clergymen’ as King was. So many things in this letter showed me why that little fourth grade girl I use to be was so inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr. I think it is good to read things like these so that we are always reminded of how far we have come in society.

“Injustice Anywhere, Is a Threat to Justice Everywhere”

While reading Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail” I came across the immortalized words for which this post is named. In the fourth paragraph of his letter, King draws attention to the fact that although he was safe from extreme persecution, he was unable to rest with peace of mind knowing that there were plenty of others in towns like Birmingham that were suffering. King was proactive in a matter that he didn’t necessarily have to get involved in, which got me thinking about our responsibility when it comes to the matters of others.

The sect of moral thinking called deontological ethics, will say that when we have the opportunity to act right it is our duty to do so. King was so moved by his goal that he felt it was his duty to fight for civil rights for those who were unable to fight themselves. Do we always have a responsibility to fend for those who can’t fight their own battles? It’s an idea that is easier to think about than act upon. I know that I wouldn’t be quick to jail myself for the benefit of others regardless of how involved I was with any movement.

In his letter King not only makes it clear that it was not only his choice to fight for civil rights in Birmingham, but writes as if to say it was obligatory. He casually states that he is in Birmingham, “…because injustice is here.” He took up his cause with such passion and commitment that the negative consequences became irrelevant in his stand for the greater good. King felt the need to fight for others when he was able, and so many times today it’s comforting to know that he is not alone.