R. Kingas a?Letter from Birmingham Jaila?
C. What is your reaction to Dr. Kingas philosophy of nonviolence? On a personal, visceral level, you may find it unthinkable to choose to accept the blows, degradation and rage of your opponent. But can you step back and look at the issue from a wider perspective? What is the philosophical root of Kingas insistence on nonviolence? Consider what an image that created in the media, which we all know goes a long way towards creating public sentiment. What if the CRM activists had reacted blow-for-blow; would that affect how the world perceived their struggle? And donat forget Dr. Kingas religious philosophy would preclude violence as well. How does he make that clear in his letter? Does he make a strong case for nonviolence?