They Say, I Say. Entering the Conversation. Introduction. They Say…. Can we summarize the Clergyman’s message?. Wait and let the courts handle the issue of civil rights. .
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Entering the Conversation
Can we summarize the Clergyman’s message?
Wait and let the courts handle the issue of civil rights.
While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities “unwise and untimely.” Seldom do I…
I think I should indicate why I am here in Birmingham, since you have been influenced by the view which argues against “outsiders coming in.”
But more basically, I am in Birmingham because injustice is here.
King responds to what he has read.
King uses the Clergyman’s words.
King gives his reason.
King’s thesis: defending civil disobedience is necessary.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way- in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.