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Response to Dr MLK's Letter from Birmingham Jail
Response to Dr. Martin Luther King
Dear Dr. King,
I am writing a response to your “Letter from Birmingham Jail” that you wrote to the clergymen. My personal opinion of your letter was that it was brilliantly written. Not only in the specific statements made, but in the way you posed your argument. The impact of that letter is still far reaching and has made a difference in our world today. However, racism, and hate of other races, and cultures has always been a part of the world we live in, and I do not see that ending. I do, however, see it changing.
I was born in Mississippi, where racism was part of my upbringing. I am the oldest out of 32 grandchildren on my father’s side. Virtually all of my family have been, and are still, prejudiced in their outlook on others. Yet, I, was an early ‘black sheep’ of the family because my heart wasn’t prejudiced. Matter of fact, one of my best friends in high school was black. This past weekend I saw one of my granddaughters for the first time. She is two years old, and she is of mixed race. Many years ago, when my daughter was 15 she pulled me aside and stated that she had no desire to date white men, that is was black men whom she felt drawn towards. And she wanted to know my thoughts. I told her that I do not see color – I see character. Since then, my daughter has faced some ridicule from members of my family and even her own mother, but not like she would have fifty years ago. She is a wonderful mother to her child, and an awesome example to others. (And my granddaughter is AWESOME as well - she is so beautiful and full of life).
Yes, your letter impacted many, and although still very active and present, today racism isn’t what it used to be. I see more danger in our current society’s focus on the “information age” in which we live in. Today, if you are poor, of any race or color, you will face unequal access to the necessary education needed to thrive in today’s world. The gap between those who have and those who have not, is no longer based on color or race - specifically - It is based on the ability to obtain and use information. Today, in contrast to your culture, we live in a very high-tech, information hungry age. One that has created a whole new dimension to how society functions.
Although our culture and society is changing at record speeds, your words, from your letter ring just as true today as ever before – but in a different sense. Today, the gap between those who have and those who have not, is growing greater by the moment. I am a ‘computer geek’ and I have a love/hate relationship with technology. What I see today is the unacceptable difference, not between races, but rather, between those who are able to get the required education/information they need to be competitive and employable in today’s market place of opportunity. Yes, black men and women are affected more so, not necessarily because of race, but because of income. Today the dividing point is ‘income’ and ‘education’. The poor of all races and nationalities are being left behind due to technology and the required education necessary to be ‘part of’ the current information age.
In your letter you stated, “I would agree with St. Augustine that “an unjust law is no law at all.” We do not live in a country with a true “Justice System.” We live in a country with a “Legal System,” where justice and equality are not the focus. We have many laws in place that protect the rights of minorities, and they do work… If obeyed. However, at the beginning of 2012 there were 40,000 new state laws taking effect. (NBC News- Pete Williams) That would average out to 769 new laws per state, and sir, you would also understand how each law merely creates loopholes for others to seize as opportunity to further their own selfish ambition and causes. (The Free Dictionary) Today, what I personally
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