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  1. “For years now I have heard the word “Wait!” It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity. This “Wait” has almost always meant “Never.” We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists, that “justice too long delayed is justice denied.”
    this quote from the MLK letter shows what people of color back had to go thru, even now it’s the same. The government says they will bring equality and equal justice but that quality never comes. The more time they have to wait for more and more injustice has come across their lives and more people die because of the inequality and injustice in the country.

  2. “Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever. The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself, and that is what has happened to the American Negro”.

    In the “Letter from Birmingham Jail” the letter from Martin Luther King describes what drove African Americans to fight for equality. Specifically this quote resonates with me because I myself in the group of minorities can relate to feeling oppression and limited in a country where opportunities should be endless but sometimes are limited simply because of the color of one’s skin. This quote is especially relevant today because of the riots taking place to stop racism towards African Americans and to spread awareness for the wrongful death of George Floyd. The African American community and minorities who are oppressed overall are driven by racism, oppression and inequality towards them to fight harder for equality. As Martin Luther King stated “something within him has reminded him of his birthright freedom”. Freedom shouldn’t be limited to one race.

  3. “Was not Jesus an extremist for love: Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you l, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”
    This statement is implying that being an extremist is justified when we are fighting for a just cause. We must do better than those that hate and fight against us so we can get the results that we want and the equality that we deserve.

  4. “Letter from Birmingham Jail” Martin Luther King Jr.
    Quote:” Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within it’s bounds.
    Discriminations among people that lives here for decades is something that had happened for years, even centuries and still happening. No matter the good example, not matter the intentions, we had always witness victims treated differently, seing with inferiority, mistreated. We still living a hell of life for the perjudices we carry in our heads! All of us are somehow responsible for having somehow something to do with the whole mess! for seing injustice and pretend we did not witness it, and turning our backs on others just because it’s not us! but many are still paying with their lives our indiferences.

  5. “In spite of my shattered dreams, I came to Birmingham with the hope that the white religious leadership of this community would see the justice of our cause and, with deeps moral concern, would serve as the channel through which our just grievances could reach the power structure. I had hoped that each of you would understand. But again I have been disappointed.”
    To me, this quote is significant because of how MLK talks about disappointment and what he wanted out of the white leadership. the white leadership of the community has let him down by not even understanding. MLK continues to talk about the disappointment he had with the whites. He talks about being too optimistic that some change would happen.

  6. “We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”

    MLK’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” highlights the need of the oppressed to speak up and protest all injustices. The oppressors never willingly offer peace and equality. African Americans have been told for centuries to wait on their freedom instead of taking it from from their oppressors. They were told to stay complacent so their oppressors would benefit. This same concept is currently happening with the protest for the end of police brutality and justice for George Floyd. Those who are privileged expect black Americans to be complacent, stop protesting, and wait for a justice that will never come without a fight. Just as MLK stated, the oppressor will never willingly give freedom.

  7. “I had hoped that the white moderate would understand law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and that when they fall in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress. I had hoped that the white moderate world would understand that the present tension in the south is a necessary phase of the transition from an obnoxious negative peace, in which the Negro passively accepted his plight, to substance and positive peace, in which all men will respect the dignity and worth of human personality. “

  8. “As in so many past experiences, our hopes had been blasted, and the shadow of deep
    disappointment settled upon us. We had no alternative except to prepare for direct action, whereby
    we would present our very bodies as a means of laying our case before the conscience of the local and
    the national community.”
    MLK explains how their hopes have been neglected by the community leading to disappointment on them. To the point that they had to resort to action even if they had to use their bodies to spread their message.

  9. In any nonviolent campaign there are four basic steps: collection of the facts to determine
    whether injustices exist; negotiation; self purification; and direct action. We have gone through all
    these steps in Birmingham.”
    I think this quote is important because I feel it applies to today and in even in future times. To change a broken order and system one must know how the current system operates. If we are aware of its failure we as a united people can change the broken system.

  10. It was said, “Was not Jesus an extremist for love: Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you l, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.” To me this quote uses religion to make thier point, however I disagree. This Kill them with Kindness doesnt always work. If you look at the way the cops treat minorities and people of color, bieng kind doent work. Over the past few days peaceful proptests weren’t recieving many positive results. One thing that did get their attention were the crazy riots.

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