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In his letter King delivers a powerful and convincing message This letter does indeed cover a lot of ground answering many of the criticisms of Kings adversaries Included in each reply were several historical and religious references these augmented his arguments greatly King obviously had a great analytical view of human history In this letter he made theobservation that there is a type of constructive nonviolent tension that is necessary for growth I think that hes hit the nail on the head change in humanity seldom occurs without tension between two sides providing the impetus for that change King also used that gift of analysis well in the civil rights movement This is evidenced by his delaying the Birmingham demonstrations until after election season This helped ensure that the more extreme candidate couldnt use the demonstrations as an excuse for harsher measures against the black constituency I am certain that Kings vision and leadership had a great deal to do with the overall success of the civil rights movement Later in the letter King states that the Negroes greatest stumbling block in the stride toward freedom isthe white moderate who is more devoted to order than to justice He goes on to say that this white moderate prefers a negative peace without tension over solving the racial injustice in America This is a most accurateobservation It is my belief that most Americans had no great personal stake in civil rights in the 1960s they only wanted to see resolution to the civil unrest in some form or another It seems that King felt this moderate majority to be the key to the success of the civil rights movement I believe this to be trueI am most impressed with Kings knowledge of religion and history For this reason I was surprised with Kings view of the white moderate World War II only ended two decades before in this war the
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