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Henry Cramer 10979008 February 13, 2008 Gen ED 111 Snyder Just vs. Unjust Laws In the Eyes of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?”- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. April 16, 1953. Dr. King is arguably the person who has done the most for Civil Rights in American history. He was arrested on a law that he acknowledges was a just one, parading without a permit. But yet, it contradicts the First Amendment right of peaceful assembly and protest. This is when this issue of “just” or “unjust” laws comes into question. When is a law considered unjust enough to peacefully disobey it? Dr. King defines an unjust law as, “Any law that degrades human personality.” Segregation is that in view of the people creating the law is completely justified, while it degrades and dehumanizes the people on the negative end. When double standards are set on a group’s daily life it creates significant hardships for that faction of the population and goes against the basic American right, that All Men are Created Equal. Any law that segregates individuals based on the color of their skin is unjust. Dr. King also can be quoted, “ An unjust law is a code that a numerical or power majority group compels a minority group to obey but does not make binding on itself. This is difference made legal. This is a deliberate double standard of life. The people, who are forced to obey,
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