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Excerpt from Letter from Birmingham JailIn Dr Kings letter he examines the differences between just and unjust laws Indoing this he brings up many facts and ideas that support his theory completely Hisdescriptive voice and powerful words allowed myself to feel the prejudice which tore theSouth apart for quite sometime He explains first what a law is and in order to beconsidered a law there must be certain characteristics of it He uses well known examplesand proves the whole judicial system wrong He uses comparisons which could make anyperson understand and agree He backs up every statement and ties the fact that the Southwould go nowhere with this type of anarchyDr King contrasts between an unjust and just law He defines a just law to bemorally respectful religiously fair and any law that makes a person feel secure Hecompares many others definitions in his writing He uses Saint Thomas Aquinas MartinBuber Paul Tillich and other very persuading ideas His definition is a mixture of themall he perfectly states his definition when he explains why he was arrested He wasarrested for parading without a permit His parade was of good taste and being arrestedon that charge made the law unjust however if the parade was used for negative protestThe distinction between these two may seem unclear but Dr King then comparesit with Adolf Hitler and his reign in Germany It was considered legal to terminate Jewsand Germany got nowhere He also succeeds to show the Negroes respect for the law They consciously know they are breaking the law and they are willing to face theirHe uses his definition of just and unjust laws and the way people react to them toexplain why the South is going to be barricade to civilization and a successful democraticsystem He states the white moderate would understand that law and order exist forthe purpose of establishing justice and that when they fail in this purpose they become thedangerously
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