The purpose of his language in this section is to shame his white moderate audience. He is very respectful to his audience and acknowledges that the way they perceive the protesters would have been different if they had the chance to see all the atrocities committed upon them. The conditional tense he brings up here allows his audience to dodge his complaints and absolve them from the blame.Viphu: King makes it known that the clergymen have supported evil for small reasons.
He agrees that there was no violence shown by the police in public, but then he makes a distinction between the purpose and result of the whole ordeal. King’s ability to inform while maintaining a confrontational stance is incredible and assists in his distinction between justice and injustice. King blames the clergy for their failure to uphold both secular and moral terms by supporting his cause with “Judeo-Christian heritage” and “the Constitution and Declaration of Independence,” The attack he makes in this section is very similar to the ones that he made before, which is his attack on the clergy’s simplicity in thinking. He makes it known again that they cannot tell the difference between heroes and villains. His comparison of the real heroes of the south with the police who protects segregation is his way to classify the clergy as blind and ignorant. His message to them is that they value moderation, more than what they should value, which is justice.Wisely: Although, most people would consider King’s letter, a letter concerning race.
King’s treatment towards segregation is a topic that can be considered very open and incredible. Throughout the letter, we see that King frequently stress the fact that all races are equal, but in a few cases, King discusses upon the separation between races. This demonstrates that his message is not only meant to inspire equality, but to also emphasize the connection that, regardless of race, all humans are connected. His focus is more on the push for universal justice and less on the circumstances that the African Americans live in. However, the uniqueness of each race is highlighted by the letter and it would be a mistake to forget this important piece of the letter.
Accordingly, the purpose of this letter is not meant to incite the black community, but to admonish an audience that is in support of a system such as segregation. Ultimately, the letter’s main theme is an edict of the black man’s power and his hope that they will one day have the recognition they deserve. TTS: Well, I guess this is all the time we have folks. Thank you all for listening to our panel discussion on Martin Luther King Jr’s incredible Letter From Birmingham. I would also like to thank the three guests for their wonderful responses and I hope you all have a great day.