The issue at hand is the marching from Selma to Montgomery Alabama that President Truman regarded to as being silly, actually being one of the most powerful marches ever demonstrated in the civil rights movement. Although there was death involved the meaning behind the march, was in fact the greater cause. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a man of non-violence and the most powerful part of this interview was “unmerited suffering is redemptive”. I feel that with this saying Dr. King is stating that although there was death, that the death served an overall greater cause, and that is civil rights for all American’s.
The Selma demonstration was for the voting rights bill, but the demonstration as a whole was addressing all the existing problems with racism and non civil rights in the state of Alabama. Dr. King amongst many others felt that the state of Alabama and its laws were humiliating as well as degrading and felt that enough was enough, and that something had to be done. In Alabama at the time there had been many racial motivated killings, bombings, and brutalities. The march was a demonstration against those acts of violence in Alabama. “It was a two fold march aimed at trying to rectify the conditions of Alabama and expose the evils that are deeply engulfed in that state”.
My position is standing behind Dr. King and what the march on Selma stood for. In times that things were not equal, he did the right thing by protesting in a non-violent way. Being of African American heritage and being raised in a home where I was taught to be myself no matter what, I could not imagine living in a time when the color of your skin was considered a sin. I feel that anyone that tested the times, in which they were living, not only symbolized that of a hero, but also is the epitome of brave. It wasn’t just a black thing either; there were people like minister James Reeb a white Unitarian Minister who was lynched by other whites in regards to this protest.
The main issue at hand was voting rights, but I feel this march was as a whole symbolic in the whole body of creating equal civil rights. The media was very focused on the death that happened after the protest, but shed little light on the big picture and what the death stood for. Selma was about as long as there are issues at hand that need to be addressed, the people that are victims of the injustices will demonstrate to bring those injustices to dialogue. Marches in this time were a way of addressing the issues headfirst and saying we will not stand for them and something needs to be done about them.