Social Change in King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”

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Essay #: 073769
Total text length is 8,266 characters (approximately 5.7 pages).

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Social Change in King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail"
When one is opposed to the aims of a social movement, potentially empathetic to the moral dimensions, but uncomfortable with the social upheaval and change that would result if these aims were realized, they often argue that the time is simply not right, that society or the world itself has not yet reached a point where it is an ample soil for the seeds that must be planted. At best, this comes out of uncertainty over the potential success of such an action due to other, external factors and, at worst, it is simply a straw man fallacy clouding the true consequences of a social movement in order to disguise the true nature of someone's actual views. It wasn't so long ago that certain...
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.....o delay because the necessary recognition and changes are so difficult to accomplish that anything less than full effort wouldn't be even partially successful.
In conclusion, delay when it comes to social movements, the 'if you only wait' approach, is pointless and ineffective. Worse, it will only perpetuate the issues that the social movement is attempting to rectify by not directly addressing the necessary avenues for change. All of these elements are elucidated in Martin Luther King Jr's 'Letter From Birmingham Jail,' where he expands on how delay is pointless because not only is waiting often with no end goal in sight, but social movements have already been waiting until the breaking point and alternatives are likely to be unsuccessful.