Letter to Birmingham Jail Quotes

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Arayna Rascoe CBHS
October 16, 2011 E5XY

Martin Luther King’s determination in civil rights had led to many quotes and statements that we esteem today. In “Letter From Birmingham Jail” he states several things that I agree with and disagree with. One quote reads “it is a historical fact that privileged groups seldom give up their privileges voluntarily. Individuals may see the moral light and voluntarily give up their unjust posture, but…groups tend to be more immoral than individuals” I strongly agree with Dr. Kings quote and can relate from my prior experience and knowledge.

In Dr. King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” he says “it is a historical fact that privileged groups seldom give up their privileges voluntarily.” During the 1960’s, there was major conflict between whites and blacks, especially with whites superior attitude and racists acts. Whites, being the superior group, had separate bathrooms, schools, drinking fountains, restaurants and other facilities, proving to the black race that whites were privileged and would never give that up willingly. Blacks, the underprivileged group had to fight for the whites to give up their unjust status and special position during the civil right period. Dr. Kings quote can also relate to the events happening on Wall Street in current day. The majority of the people in this country have to pay high taxes while the rich, categorized as about 1 percent, don’t have to come out of pocket for a dime. This privileged group would seldom give up their unjust position voluntarily, making it up the underprivileged group to fight for their rights to an equal society.

Ending the quote, Dr. King says “Individuals may see the moral light and voluntarily give up their unjust posture, but…groups tend to...
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