Letter from Birmingham Jail comic
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“when you have seen hate-filled policeman curse, kick, brutalize, and even kill our black brothers and sisters with impunity.”
“Was not Jesus an extremist in love?…Was not Amos an extremist for justice?…Was not Paul an extremist for the gospel of Jesus Christ?… Was not Martin Luther an extremist”…will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice, or will be extremists for the cause of justice?”
“I have the honor of serving as president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an organization operating in every southern state, with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia... and financial resources with our affiliates."
King uses pathos by sharing the troubles his people had to overcome and points to the fact that no changes have been made for civil rights. The audience can envision their torments and understand why the black community is impatient for change.
King appeals to logos by referencing other "extremists" that brought changes for the better. He suggests that being an extremists Is fighting for your beliefs just as Jesus Christ, Amos, Paul, himself and other extremists have done.
King is using ethos to establish his credibility on the subject of racial discrimination and injustice. He is putting himself on the same level as his "fellow clergymen" by proving that he contains just as much intellect. King is also giving his reasons for being in Birmingham.
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