Essay Martin Luther King 's Letter From Birmingham Jail

1162 Words May 27th, 2016 5 Pages
Maria Bonilla
Philosophy 10200
Professor Weissman
5/19/2016
Martin Luther King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail

1. King said individual civil rights are rights that every individual has no matter their race, color, religion, or gender. These rights are just and allow for the equal treatment of everyone in the society. King believed the government in Birmingham was hypocritical because it chose certain laws to obey and other laws to disobey such as "the Supreme Court’s decision of 1954 which outlawed segregation in public schools” (King, 1963). By denying civil rights to African Americans, the city of Birmingham was violating the principal founding documents—the Bible, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution. It’s unjust to only obey the laws that are suitable for a certain group of people and completely ignore the discrimination and marginalization of another very large number of people like African Americans. These laws that impeded the rights of African Americans were unjust laws and as Saint Augustine said, “An unjust law is no law at all”. The ideal society where the rights are respected is a moral society where everyone is equal and free to make something of themselves. The society would be at peace and there would be justice everywhere for all.
2. By acknowledging that the laws of Birmingham are unjust towards only a certain group of people, King is doubting the government and the laws of Birmingham. Socrates died for opposing the laws, as did King.…

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