Compare and Contrast:To my understanding the letter that Martin Luther King Jr. composed while confined in the Birmingham Jail, is as one with the appeal that was given by David Walker. Both the letter and the appeal were pleas, pleas to the African American race.
Not only to African Americans, but to my surprise and yours it was also writtento all races suffering from the same injustice. These pleas were strong and very urgent. Our fears then and are still now today have kept our souls and minds in bondage to the immoral likings of others. David Walker so vividly quoted in a statement written before the preamble of his appeal.
It is stated as such: I ask every man who has a heart, and is blessed with the privilege of believing-is not God a God of justice to all his creatures?Martin Luther King Jr. also vividly quoted a statement from his letter that was composed while confined in the Birmingham jail it goes as such: we have waited for more than 340 years for our constitutional and God given rights. The nations of Asia and Africa are moving with Jet like speed towards gaining political independence, but we stiff creep at horse- and -buggy pace toward gaining a cup of coffee at lunch counters. A statement also made we can stand and watch our mothers and fathers be beaten and killed for the likings of cruelty or the great need for the feeling of power, does that make us any lesser? Does it make them any greater?David Walkers statement can mean only one thing God created all men in his image we should all be treated as such, treated in the same likings as those who call themselves Christens!!!What King is trying to get across is that our fear of getting what is rightfully ours is holding us back. Letting cruelty and hate see fear in us will give them more power to do wrong.
The two statements are alike in many ways I. Hatred is the largest growing power in African American lives then and today. II. Although these two letters were written 100 years apart and slavery ended 100’s of years ago we still lived in bondage even after the death of David Walker, Abraham Lincoln, and all the others that believed in our rights. III.
Even though Jesus was beaten and hung on the cross he still believed that justice should be served for the lives to come. Even though these two men lived 100 years apart their lives were the same. Neither David Walker nor Martin Luther King Jr. were born into slavery they both suffered the same cruelty.
David Walker may have traveled around the world and Martin Luther King may have only seen a few states it doesn’t take much to suffer hatred. It doesn’t take seeing many different places or faces hate can be just as strong even if coming only from a letter, or a sign, or just seeing your mother cry. That’s why these letters were written David Walker’s appeal wasn’t from a court case Martin Luther Kings letter may have come from a jail cell their pleas were the same. Both Walker and Kings letters mean the same thing don’t let ignorance or hate keep you from getting what is right, your God given rights. It has been said that the Constitution of America is supposed to be a law-abiding rule that all men under the eye site of God and men whether black or white should be treated equal. Even then and now cruelty and hatred was not only brought upon us by others but even our selves.
We fought for our freedom and also we fought upon our selves. Freedom of speech and all other rights to live as free citizens and law-abiding citizens we are still seeking. We are too busy hating, killing and looking down at each other even as we did then to realize that we are not yet a free race. Even in Africa, not only, in America, African Americans are still fighting for our rights. Slavery is still a big issue even in America we are slaves to our selves hate and ignorance, we should stop fighting and start loving .