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Majority Power vs Justice When looking at the writings of Martin Luther King Jr in A Letter From a Birmingham Jail and Henry David Thoreau in Civil Disobedience one finds that each man takes a somewhat different approach to delivering a message but the messages are in fact similar as both call for a drastic change to majority rule Both men share the desire for universal justice and they feel majority rule prevents this as too small of a number of individuals can make unjust laws that affect a large portion of the population Majority and minority are two terms that King and Thoreau use in their writings but their definition of each differs slightly King sees himself as a part of a minority in the fact that him being black prevents him from having equal rights under the laws of the United States of America Thoreau sees himself as a minority because he does not have a say as to the actions of the United States government that is suppose to represent him and he is supposed to support Both men call for action and use themselves as a model for how to take action The motive for both Thoreaus and Kings writing is based on race and how the United States government does not represent all of its citizens The issue of race is more at the forefront of Kings writing while proper or improper representation by the government is more of the issue that Thoreau looks at with race as a key point One of the few significant differences in both mens attempt to persuade the citizens of the United States that their government does represent all men is the level at which each protest Kings protest is grander in the form a large march while Thoreau prefers to do his protesting on an individual level by not adhering to an unjust law and refusing to pay his taxes
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