Letter From Birmingham Jail

What arguments does King cite that were used to justify inaction over segregation?

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King felt that moderation and patience must be replaced with action and impatience. To delay justice is to be cowardly and unjust. Thus, the clergymen – and the white moderate society that they represent – should not only celebrate Dr. King’s attempt to bring about justice, but join in the crusade. In its final lines, Dr. King implies that proceeding without tension is going to leave man in “the dark depths of prejudice and racism.” It is a passive, implicit warning that addressing segregation without tension would be not only ineffective, but dangerous.