Common Sense, By Thomas Paine And Letter To Any Would Be Terrorists, By Naomi Shihab Nye

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Reaching for justice throughout human history has been one of the primordial dreams chased by most humans while at the same time, hunted as a mere fugitive by others in order to satisfy their appalling thirst for injustice. “Injustice anywhere is at threat to justice everywhere” as stated by Martin lather King, if one doesn’t fight for justice he/she might end up having to face the sad reality of injustice taking over everywhere. In order to not let such a thing take place we need to fight against injustice as one. Two literature works which embrace this idea are Common Sense by Thomas Pain and Letter to Any Would-be Terrorists by Naomi Shihab Nye. These two literature works as example of protest literature were very important in illustrating how crucial it was to fight against injustice because both works were effective in encouraging and helping the authors and their audiences share their ideas about a preoccupying topic while hoping at the same time to someday bring about an important social or political change.

Letter to Any Would-be Terrorists by Naomi Shihab Nye is protest literature, targeting possible would-be terrorists with the main goal of fighting the discriminatory injustice faced by Arab-Americans following the action of some individual Arabs after 9/11. In her letter Naomi Shihab Nye describes how proud she thinks Arabs should be about their origins and using that feeling and idea, exhibits as an example her own family’s living style to show to her audience the immensity and richness of the Arab community. She thinks Arab definitively should be proud of their heritage. She talks about her Palestinian father who has been defying the word terrorist from the Arabic community to her American mother, who as she stated in her letter “has spent 50 years trying to convince her fellow teachers and choir mates not to believe in stereotypes about the Middle East” because she believed that those were nothing more than hazardous stereotype which were doing nothing more than create a discriminatory base again Middle East people. In order to fight against this discriminatory injustice, Naomi Shihab Nye incorporated the idea and advices of reaching for justice by using peaceful measures while at the same time, completely antagonizing against the need of shedding more and more blood as a way to achieve justice. In her writing, the author even knowing of Muslim discrimination being an international phenomenon nevertheless, she still fought against it while hoping to bring about a positive change in the American society or even maybe in the whole world. To bring about this important social change might bring people to understand each others. Just as the quote “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” by Martin Luther King states, if we let the injustice of racial discrimination flourish anywhere, we might end up with social discrimination becoming a norm for people in every nation in this world.

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