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We had to write an argumentive essay responding to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. responds to the clergymen's letter to him in Birmingham Jail. We were to include a counter argument.

Martin Luther King strongly believes in protesting for the Civil Rights of African American citizens. I agree with his argument and viewpoint completely. There are two kinds of citizens in the US, citizens and non-citizens. There should be no in-between when it comes to citizenships and rights. If someone doesn't act for equality things will never change.

To be direct, African Americans are citizens just as much as Caucasians. The Africans that were brought to the states helped build this nation. In actuality the only true citizens or "all Americans" are the Native Americans. In the Declaration of Independence, it says all men are created equal. This means that there are no second-class citizens. Martin Luther King is protesting for that to be a truth in the United States. The Constitution is made for everyone. Martin Luther King is protesting so that the Constitution will not only be used against us but for us, as it is with Caucasians.
To elaborate, the government affects blacks. We have to stop at red light, pay our taxes, and obey the speed limit. So, we should be able to elect the people that are going to ultimately affect our lives the greatest. With protesting voices will be heard and African american will be recognized as a part of the country. If no one acts on voting rights for African Americans, then the matter will appear as contentment and will be looked at as something that is not necessary. Then African Americans would seem to enjoy the blissful ignorance.
The problems of inequality will not simply just die down if things are left alone. In fact, things will only continue to get worse with each passing day. Frustration will continue to boil causing violence. Hate…...

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