Racism is an important issue that should not be ignored during any time period and can affect any race. It still plays a role in society today but it is not seen as a main issue. Martin Luther King Junior and President Barack Obama are two individuals that both had a passion to liberate the black community from the discrimination that they were subjected to for many years. In Martin Luther King Junior’s letter, “Letter from Birmingham Jail”, he discusses why racism is a problem and how he is going to take action to stop it. Then in, Obama’s speech, “A More Perfect Union”, Obama briefly focuses on racism but then moves towards other issues that the nation faces. Although King and Obama focus on racism and its effects on individuals and society as a whole I believe that King more fully addresses the issue because he seems to be more passionate about the problem with racism. He speaks on the issue of racism freely even though the people in his community do not agree with his beliefs. Obama briefly focuses on racism but he steers away from that important issue and focuses on his plan to make a better America by fixing class, economic and inequality because he believes that it is no longer a major problem.
In King’s letter he shows that he believes that racism/segregation is a major problem and he discuss the action he is going to take action to stop it. Segregation was something that hurt all types of blacks; old black women and men, young black girls and boys. They felt humiliated when they saw signs reading ‘“white’ and ‘colored”’ (345). King states that fathers did not know what to say when they were asked questions by their kids. One question fathers were asked is “‘Daddy, why do white people treat colored people so mean?’” (345). Fathers were unable to answer their child because they did not want them to know about segregation. I believe they felt it was