Martin Luther King Jr. Essay

1124 Words Apr 28th, 2015 5 Pages
A law – a set of rules made by the government with the purpose to preserve freedom, rights and moral agency. Do all laws exhibit these traits? No, as Martin Luther King Jr wrote in The Letter from Birmingham Jail in 1963, “There are two types of laws: there are just laws, and there are unjust laws”. There are laws that help the community and create a safer environment for all, and there ones that restrict groups of people in regards to their basic human rights.

Martin Luther King Jr. wrote, “A just law is a code that a majority compels a minority to follow, and it is willing to follow itself”. An example of a good law is when president Laydon B. Johnson introduced the law of voting rights for African Americans on the 6 August 1965. This was a milestone at the time and provided non-racial discrimination in voting. Around about the same time, like their American counterparts, Indigenous Australians were protesting for the same rights. Another example of good laws is when the Indigenous Australians were recognised as Australian citizens. This came because of the 1967 Referendum, which forced a change in Australia’s Constitution. This meant that they recognised the Indigenous people of Australia as citizens and allowed them to represent themselves in a court of law or in parliament. Another good law in Australia is anti-discrimination laws, such as the Age Discrimination Act 2004, the Disability Discrimination Act 1992, the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 and the Sex…

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