Freshman Seminar 125G
Dear Mr. King:
I have carefully read your “Letter From Birmingham Jail”. I really admire your
courage and respect your opinion. I especially like one of my favorite quotes “ I am in Birmingham because injustice is here.”(Letter from Birmingham Jail, Page 1) You cannot ignore the injustice simply because it happens in your sight. So you came to Birmingham and against the segregation. In my article “The Insufficiency of Honesty”, there are specific differences between honesty and integrity. “One cannot have integrity without being honest but one can certainly be honest yet have little integrity.” ( The Insufficiency of Honesty,
1) Honesty is most worthy but risky as well which is why I agree with your action that you courageously stand up for the weak. You are talking about what is wrong and what is right. "An unjust law is no law at all.”(Letter from Birmingham Jail, Page 4) The definitions for you between justice and injustice laws. All these are strong words, bravely action but risky. If the public agrees with you, segregation will stop. However, if the public don’t agree with you, does the segregation will get worse? Being honest is a good deal if we instead risk harm to others when there is no gain to any other than ourselves. Your action of fight the segregation is more about integrity not honesty.
There are three steps determine integrity. First is integrity does require moral
reflectiveness. Second, integrity may cause conflict. Third, someone with integrity can be trusted. You first raise the problem of racism and point out this is wrong. Despite you are against the injustice law, you still use gentle tone to express your feeling. “My Dear Fellow
Letter from Birmingham Jail,
Page1) you speak in the voice of the clergymen,
rying to show you are empathetic their concerns and declaim their arguments for them. This ...
Cited: Carter, Stephen.
The Insufficiency of Honesty
. Letter from Birmingham Jail
. 1963 April 16
The Gray Areas Save The World.
2001 December 11
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