Martin Luther King Jr. addressed many issues in his “I have a dream” speech and his letters from Birmingham regarding the Civil Rights progress that needed to be made. He addressed what he believed was the differences between a just law and an unjust law. He talked about the different types of extremists and why he supported the use of direct action. He implied that there needed to be a constructive and realistic approach to solve racism with patience and reasonable terms.
Martin Luther King Jr. stated that justice delayed is the same as justice being denied. He explained that just laws are legal and moral based, and there is a moral obligation to disobey unjust laws. He spoke about St. Augustine’s quote, “an unjust law is no law at all.” MLK defines that a just law is a man-made law that follows the moral laws or the rule of God. He talked about a law that can uplift a human’s personality is just, however a law that degrades a person is unjust. He stated that, “Any law that supports segregation is unjust because it damages human personality and distorts the soul.”
MLK said that segregation is not only morally wrong and sinful it is politically economically and sociology unsound. He implied that an unjust law is a law that a majority group forces a minority group to obey, but doesn’t obey themselves. A just law is a law that requires both minority and majority groups to obey. MLK inferred that an unjust law is a law that forces a group to follow a statute that the minority group had no hand in voting on. This was exactly the case with segregation.
Martin Luther King Jr. felt that it was a human’s moral right and obligation to break unjust laws within reason. He stated, “One that breaks an unjust law, must do so lovingly, o...
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In MLK’s speech he said that, “America has given the Negro people a bad check which has come back marked ‘insufficient funds’. Do I believe that after forty-five years later this check has been cashed in and the promise has been fulfilled? I think that we defiantly have made progress within the realm of the Civil Rights movement, but we have a lot more to work on.
In the direct sense of the Constitution, yes I do believe that blacks are given the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. However, they are receiving it in payments, not in a lump sum. I think it is still going to take more time to erase the race barrier that was inherited by a lot of people. I think it is going to take time to forget and heal on both sides of the card and violence needs to stop because as MLK believed it is stunting the progress of equality.
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