I have traveled the length and breadth of Alabama, Mississippi and all the other southern states. They have carved a tunnel of hope through the dark mountain of disappointment. Thus it is that I can urge men to obey the decision of the Supreme Court, for it is morally right; and I can urge them to disobey segregation ordinances, for they are morally wrong.
How we have blemished and scarred that body through social neglect and through fear of being nonconformists. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive. Sometimes a law is just on its face and unjust in its application. 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 deep moral concern, would serve as the channel through which our just grievances could reach the power structure.
They will be the James Merediths, with the noble sense of purpose that enables them to face jeering and hostile mobs, and with the agonizing loneliness that characterizes the life of the pioneer.
Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice or for the extension of justice? Let me take note of my other major disappointment.
So often the contemporary church is a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound. Perhaps the South, the nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists. Throughout Alabama all sorts of devious methods are used to prevent Negroes from becoming registered voters, and there are some counties in which, even though Negroes constitute a majority of the population, not a single Negro is registered.
Birmingham police separated King and Abernathy, placing each in solitary confinement, and denying each man his rightful phone-calls to the outside world.
Two were extremists for immorality, and thus fell below their environment. I say this as a minister of the gospel, who loves the church; who was nurtured in its bosom; who has been sustained by its spiritual blessings and who will remain true to it as long as the cord of life shall lengthen.
Yes, I love the church. As the weeks and months went by, we realized that we were the victims of a broken promise. But he will not see this without pressure from devotees of civil rights.
Connor and his policemen have been rather nonviolent in public, as was Chief Pritchett in Albany, Georgia, but they have used the moral means of nonviolence to maintain the immoral end of racial injustice.
Of course, there are some notable exceptions. Paul Tillich has said that sin is separation. We began a series of workshops on nonviolence, and we repeatedly asked ourselves: But is this a logical assertion?
We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. If I have said anything in this letter that overstates the truth and indicates an unreasonable impatience, I beg you to forgive me.Letter from the Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King Jr.
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