King- Letter from Birmingham Jail
1. Do you think you could develop your own morality?
You don’t have to be told what’s right and what’s wrong, you still learn that doing something is bad or if it’s right. For example, if you had parents that robbed a bank, you know that that’s wrong even though they have never taught you that it is. I don’t think we’re born with morality, people affect our morality. Laws affect our morality. The way people judge you affect our morality. I feel as if people know they are doing badly they just don’t care. You also don’t always believe everything your told. For example, in the 1800’s a lot of people were taught that it’s okay to treat blacks terrible, but some whites didn’t always believe that. I think that in some ways we develop our own morality but a lot of the times we go off what other people morality is. 2. Do you think King is telling people to take direct action or wait around for things to change? I think he wants people to take direct action. He wants social change. He doesn’t want segregation. He’s telling people to take direct action when he says, “Let us all hope that the dark clouds of radical prejudice will soon pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear-drenched communities, and in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty.” He wants everyone to be treated equal and wants everyone to think prejudice needs to be abolished. He doesn’t feel he’s being treated fair and for that he wants everyone to take direct action like he tired to and got in jail for. 3. What affect does the quote, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”, have on the story? He went to jail because he wanted freedom. I think he thinks it’s not fair that he’s in jail for wanting to be equal as the whites. If he can’t have justice I think he’s saying that it’s a treat to...
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