Civil Disobedience Martin Luther King

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Civil disobedience is defined as the refusal to comply with laws or to pay taxes and fines, as political protest or peaceful form. I strongly believe that peaceful resistance to laws positively impacts a free society; especially depending on the situation at hand, similar to Martin Luther King non-violent tactics to stop racial segregation. An action like that doesn’t result in an instant change in the world but it brought notice to the problem. There was a gradual change that he contributed to the civil rights movement. He wanted Justice for his people and he did everything in his power to do so. A more modern situation where there were multiple protest with peaceful resistance was the presidential election, in which caused a lot of controversy. …show more content…

Martin Luther King wrote in his "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" in response to eight white clergymen who attempted to unite white society against the civil rights movement with their article “A Call for Unity”. King painstakingly wrote and released his letter. Within its contents, Dr. King argued that the civil rights movement was a human movement not a black person 's movement. Indicating that he wants everyone to prosper. This makes a complete difference as far as the reason behind the movement and the intentional effects that the person is intended for. He makes this clear when he cites “Whenever necessary and possible, we share staff, educational and financial resources with our affiliate…Birmingham invited us to be on call to engage in a nonviolent direct-action program if such were deemed necessary (King, “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”).” Through these examples, King is attempting to express that the civil rights movement wasn’t just focused on blacks in particular. It was focused based on human rights because they were segregated and discriminated against. He didn’t want the movement to be about just race, he wanted all people to be accepted as humans and stop the injustice of segregation. These examples provide clear evidence for his argument of the civil rights movement being a human rights movement, and not a black movement. King labels these events and traumas as examples of injustice. Because justice is an abstract concept, King goes on to define it as injustice as “a code that is out of harmony with the moral law...a human law that Is not rooted in eternal law and natural law; any law that degrades human personality is unjust.” In other words, the unjust law is only directed to one minority group, meaning that one group can’t do certain things that the other group can and not get punished for it. Treating one group as less and degrading them, making them

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