Why does King seldom respond to critics?

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In his Letter from Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King Jr. states that he doesn't have time to respond to every piece of criticism that he had received while also continuing his activism. Because of his investment in doing actual "constructive work" for the Civil Rights Movement, King simply lacked the time to read and adequately respond to the many letters of criticism that he received. However, his letter responds to the criticism of other clergymen because he felt that their concerns were sincere and he would be willing to educate them about his reasoning. King argues against the statement by clergymen that his tactics are too impatient by pointing out that African Americans had already been waiting centuries for equality, that he prioritizes justice over order,  and that he does not feel obligated to follow unjust laws.

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