“Letter from Birmingham City Jail: Analysis”
On April 16, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote a letter known as the “Letter from Birmingham City Jail.” The letter, as well as his jailing, was a result of white clergy who disagreed with non-violent protesting to end racial segregation between the everyday African American and white American. In this letter, King launches the reader into a journey of emotions by introducing a different point of view to the eight clergy authors of “A Call to Unity.” Through use of selective diction to exhibit powerful imagery, King highlights why he felt so strongly towards the situation at hand.
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King implies that, from a young age, colored children are being punished by being taught that they are only worthless trash on the sidewalk because those thoughts are exactly what begins to fill their minds at a very young age. They are forced to come to grips with reality at a stage where they are not quite ready and reality is not golden.
When King writes "you suddenly find your tongue twisted and your speech stammering as you seek to explain to your six year old daughter why she can not go to the public amusement park... As tears well up in her eyes," he transports the reader into that exact situation where the words "tongue twisted" and "stammering" accentuate how difficult it would be to explain such a situation to a six year old (King 129-135). The statement "tears well up in her eyes" amplifies the dejection felt by this six year old as she slowly gains realization of her predicament being that she is not able to go because the park is only open to white families (King 129-135). When the reader is placed in this situation, they gain insight...