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Letter to Eight White Clergymen An unjust law is no law at all is a quote by St Augustine that Martin Luther King Jr uses in his letter responding to the letter of the eight white clergymen The quote is Kings defense for his act of disobeying the law of segregation Kings letter explains why there is injustice in segregation and calls for justice from these laws The letter effectively uses examples of the laws to justify his action also examples of the church and God as well as examples of common sense to convince the Christian group and the middle and educated class to follow his actions and faith Responding to the accusations of the letter on breaking the laws King gives facts and examples to justify his actions He replies the reason for him of disobeying the law of segregation is that hes simply obeyed the Supreme Courts decision of 1954 outlawing segregation in public school However by obeying the courts decision he is breaking the laws of segregations Thus the two are in contradiction with each other King then asks how can people know which law is to obey and which is not to He reveals that there are two types of laws just and unjust Using the words of St Thomas Aquinas King explains and defines laws that are unjust Any law that degrades human personality is unjust King also reasons that an unjust law is law that one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws such as laws of segregations Segregation makes black people feel or even believe that they are inferior to white people Contrary it also makes white people feel that they are the superior whereas black and white are all human beings and should be treated the same Thus segregation is morally wrong and therefore should be disobeyed If segregation is unjust then the 1954 courts decision which allows integration is just
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