Why Is Martin Luther King Unjust

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Martin Luther King Jr. was an eloquent Baptist minister and leader of the African American Civil Rights Movement in America from the mid-1950’s until his death by assassination in 1968. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other non-violent means. On April 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and members from his Southern Christian Leadership Conference were invited to Birmingham, Alabama to engage in nonviolent direct action to protest the existing segregation laws. Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” is his response to a statement made by eight white Alabama clergymen who agrees that social injustices exist, but argue that the battle…show more content…
Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust. All segregations statutes are unjust because segregation distorts the soul and damages the personality” (219). Many people think that it is wrong to be homosexual. In the 1980’s the Department of Defense officially put a complete ban on gays in the military. They would ask an individual their sexual orientation and if they answered homosexual or bisexual, they were not allowed to serve in the military. In 1993 President Bill Clinton began the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that sought to repeal the military’s ban on gay personnel. Therefore, military commanders do not ask military personnel about their sexual orientations or begin an investigation except upon the receipt of "credible information" of homosexual conduct. If a person acknowledges his or her homosexuality, publicly, military commanders presume that he or she intends to engage in homosexual conduct. As a result of the segregation against homosexuals, a young boy was murdered because he freely and publicly announced he was a homosexual. On October 6, 1998 two men took Matthew…show more content…
King points out, “I would agree with St. Augustine that “an unjust law is no law at all” (218). An unjust law, to Martin Luther King Jr., is not a law that people should follow. Martin Luther King Jr. disobeyed the laws and protested did sit-ins and even spoke against the white people. Although he felt he was exercising his right to freedom of speech, everyone else felt he was breaking the laws by speaking out and not obeying the segregated areas. This led to the assassination of King in

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