The Achievement of Racial Equality

The Achievement of Racial Equality

The Achievement of Racial Equality:
?Letter from Birmingham Jail? vs. ?I Am Prepared to Die?
In both Martin Luther King, JR?s ?Letter from Birmingham Jail? and Nelson Mandela?s ?I Am Prepared to Die?, the authors present their idealistic views of racial equality and their ideas of how that equality should be achieved. In his letter, King states, ?I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to injustice everywhere? (224). With these statements, King concentrates on the injustice around him and how that prejudice affects King and his people everywhere. He chooses to peacefully strive to achieve the goal of a socially and racially equal society. In his statement in the Pretoria Supreme Court, Mandela says,
I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if it needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die. (267)
Here Mandela states that he has, as does King,

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