The Philosophy Of Nonviolence Of Dr. Martin Luther King In His Letter From A Birmingham Jail

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Letter from a Birmingham Jail gave the people an insight into the mind and his unwillingness to give up on his dream for better life and respect for ‘Negroes’. However, it was not just his mentality we have an insight on but also his philosophy, his mantra. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a devoted Christian and refused to use cruel, demeaning words and unnecessary violence to get his points across to the people. He fought against the injustices brought on upon the black people by the ‘white power’ in Birmingham. Letter from a Birmingham Jail also gave insight into his personality and character. Throughout the letter, he never used cruel words, he never used words that could be taken offensively by the people who he was protesting against, in some cases, what he says can be taken light-heartedly and jokingly, and he always talked with respect. He even apologized to the reader, the ‘white power’, and asked for forgiveness from his God. Dr. King’s philosophy, his commitment to the cause, and his unyielding determination for his dream for the future generations made him a hero among the masses, an unforgettable icon for the Civil Rights Movement. His message, no matter what it was or where, shook the very chains that ‘white power’ still had around the black people. His words added weight to the opposite side of the balance beam, giving strength and weight to the black people. His gospel of freedom through nonviolence was the pillar, the foundation of the Civil Rights Movement and the mantra for people struggling for justice throughout the South. Nevertheless, I ask you, in today’s society, is his message still significant? Is there a way to move people to fight with you without using force? The answer will vary from person to person, and sometimes it may seem that the significance of Dr. King’s philosophy is lost, but it is not true. Dr. King’s philosophy is still significant, but I ask you, why? Why does it matter? Why is it still significant?
Martin Luther King Jr. philosophy during the Civil Rights Movement was not only the use of no violence but to love every once without any biasness. That meaning that even though the black people, his people, were oppressed, he would still love everyone, not matter their skin color and treat them the way the bible intended them to be treated, even if they were to use violence against him. He would not retaliate; he would be coupled with them as a person who used violence and force, and dehumanize people who, like him, are also people, neither superior nor inferior to each other. His method of nonviolence caused ‘tension’ between the oppressive ‘white power’ and the people of color. Tension was needed between the clashing opposing forces. However, it was not a fight, not literally, between people but a fight between injustice and justice acts and attitudes towards people. His reasoning behind going to Birmingham was “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” and, “what...

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