Explain King’s belief about the interconnectedness of communities all across the United States? What does it mean to be interconnected? Do you agree with this concept?
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Dr. King introduced the concept of interconnectedness in the first portion of the letter, and then once again expressed it in far more powerful terms. In the following portion, he explicitly states that white men suffer from segregation even as they are the powerful race, since they are given “a false sense of inferiority.” He posits “separation” as a “tragic” and “terrible” sin, suggesting that man is forever doomed if he does not embrace his connection to his brothers and sisters. He expounds on the importance of recognizing “sameness” rather than “difference” in a legal code (175). All of these ideas will be discussed in more detail below, but it is useful to recognize this as one of the letter’s most pervasive themes: we are all connected to one another, so “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” (170).