Martin Luther King Analysis

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In the past two hundred years there is so much political controversies happening throughout America that put many Americans on edge. Both Martin Luther King and Thoreau struggle with some sort of opinion for justice based on race and social class. Both writers have the same point which focus on justification of defying unjust laws. It appears that they both generally have the same stylistic feelings throughout their letters with the same concept of themes. First, you have Thoreau deals with justice and how the government is doing unfair and injustice things towards the everyday citizens in America. Then, Martin Luther KIng talks about when there is no equal rights among each other then it will be a huge threat to give justice in society. Therefore,…show more content…
King’s letter called “Letters from Birmingham Jail” generally talks about how justice appears to be a threat in American society based on race. Dr King mentions “ A law is unjust if it inflicted on a minority that, as a result of being denied the right to vote, has no part in enacting or devising the law” (king 4). Dr.King exposes how the white America did not allow Black people to vote because the White America at the time did not see blacks as equal. Dr. King points this out that this appears to be a threat to the White American society because Black people are on the rise to have equal equality and same benefits as Whites. Dr. King also discusses about towards the Black population the law is very unjust when it comes to having a permit on the street because it appears to be a threat to the American society. Dr.King states “But such an ordinance become unjust when it is use to maintain segregation and deny other citizens the First-Amendment privilege of peaceful assembly and protest” (King 4). Dr. King definitely points out if your a Black man in the south simply trying to have a peace parade there is a high chance they will be arrested unlike a white person who could simply get away with it. Dr. King arguments also deals with a person should deal with the consequences with whatever crime the person committed no matter what race you fall under. He would like many of the White moderate people to change their mind of their perceptions of Black people in order for the social progression throughout America can improve gradually. Dr. King says “ I had hoped that White moderates would understand that law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and that when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress” (Dr. King 5). King clearly points out that if the White population will continue to be bitter and cold to the Black population how do you expect the America to become a strong
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