In "Letter from Birmingham Jail," why is King disappointed in the white church?

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The basic problem that King expresses with the white church in this letter is that they think that order is more important than justice.  They would prefer, he says, that King and other blacks wait and let justice come to them in due time, without causing disorder.  He tells them that this is disappointing to him because he can understand those who actively oppose him but has a harder time understanding those who claim to support justice but won't support the methods needed to achieve it.

King is disappointed with the white moderate churches because they want him to wait patiently and keep order even if that means suffering from injustice.


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