Unjust Laws In The Letter From Birmingham Jail By Martin Luther King Jr.

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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
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Over the course of 14 years, nonviolent protests, boycotts, sit-ins, freedom walks and marches were used in the hope of highlighting the in-justices that were happening to the African American people and to create political change. This discrimination was based on religion, race, colour, or origin and was being mirrored in many other countries in the world. But this civil resistance did not come without its disapproval and repulsion. Many European Americans rebelled against the laws and still treated the African Americans badly, they would say horrible things to them and about them, spit on them, kick them, and beat them even kill them. The Ku Klux Klan was reborn to intimidate the African Americans. The Klan took so many lives in the 1960s, in their planned murders, bombings and attacks. Their most publicised event was the killing of four young girls in a church in Birmingham, Alabama, before their Sunday service. This was depicted in the movie Ava DuVernay’s Selma and showed a very visual and confronting …show more content…
What created this change was the non-violent approach that they took. Martin Luther King wrote, “Just as Socrates felt that it was necessary to create a tension in the mind so that individuals could rise from the bondage of myths and half truths to the unfettered realm of creative analysis and objective appraisal, so must we see the need for nonviolent gadflies to create the kind of tension in society that will help men rise from the dark depths of prejudice and racism to the majestic heights of understanding and

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