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readeal3 | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted January 16, 2012 at 6:03 AM via web

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Martin L. King's philosophy was to liberate the oppressed and educate the oppressor. How does this compare to what Baldwin discusses in My Dungeon Shook?

Can someone please help me with this question please? I'm doing an essay on James Baldwins essay "My Dungeon Shook" and  some input with the above question  in my essay would greatly help - thanks Joelle

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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 16, 2012 at 6:51 AM (Answer #1)

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In his letter-essay, “My Dungeon Shook,” James Baldwin’s position is very close to the philosophy espoused by Martin Luther King. He argues that his nephew needs to understand, accept, and even love (in a Christian sense) the whites who are reflexively repressive because they know no better. He points out that for whites who assumed that blacks were inferior to learn that this is not the case is a frightening as stars shining in the daytime because it upsets their world. Thus he recommends that mutual education will help the situation, and that liberation will come from the strength and persistence of the blacks in this task of integration.

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