Why Is Martin Luther King Unjust

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In Martin Luther Kings "Letter from Birmingham Jail", he expressed his respect for the Law as a whole. Although he expresses his respect, he does differentiate between the two kinds of law that are present in society; which is a just law, and an unjust law. King advocates for obeying just laws, he mentions that one has a moral obligation to obey just laws.However, he does note one also has a moral obligation to break unjust laws. The reasoning for his disobedience to unjust laws is explained using St. Augustine’s theory “An Unjust Law is no Law at all”. However, MLK does acknowledge, that when an unjust law is broken the wrongdoer does have to face the consequences which will be imprisonment. When observing MLK’s letter, and comparing it to…show more content…
MLK distinguishes the two types of Law by using St Augustine’s theory on Natural Law, stating that a law is considered unjust when it “degrades human personality”. King relates this back to segregation. In other words, a law such as segregation degrades ones dignity and self worth so it is deemed an unjust law. Dworkin believes principles are a set of standards that upholds laws, to ensure justice and fairness is served. This way of thinking seems similar to MLK’s idea of morality being connected with the law…show more content…
If the law lacks morality, and principles that ensure justice, and fairness is it even a law at all? . Yes it may be in a book of laws, signed by congress, and enforced by superiors, but the question still remains is a law actually a law if it doesn’t ensure the best interest of all people ? . Is a unjust law one that doesn’t bind lawmakers to obey ?. Is one justified when disobeying an unjust law ? . I believe that there is a difference between laws like MLK. However, the law is the law, and when disobeyed whether unjust or just, consequences will be determined “by the code of the law”. However, human rights must be acknowledged when superiors make laws, and if they are not these laws must be revised, removed and/or
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