Martin Luther King's The Letter From A Birmingham Jail

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The Letter from a Birmingham Jail, by Martin Luther King, is an article responding to an open letter that was published in the local newspaper by a group of eight white Alabama clergymen, who created a list stating Martin Luther King’s protest to be irresponsible and reckless or unjust. Martin Luther King responded with his article, in a tone of kindness and explanation. Dr. King spoke in his article to provide information and education for the clergymen for reasons they were wrong about the statements in their newspaper posting. Martin Luther King, lived up to his method of peaceful protest, by not verbally assaulting the clergymen for their downfalls, but rather sought a peaceful resolution by educating them.
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The clergymen criticized Dr. King for starting the protest at the wrong time, because an election was going on for the mayor of the city at this time, and it would interfere with it. Martin Luther King shared background knowledge that originally, they had postponed the demonstrations until after the Election Day between Eugene “Bull” Connor and Albert Boutwell. The election choice was postponed repeatedly however, leaving Dr. King and the people participating in the demonstrating waiting longer and postponing too. Finally though, Dr. King and the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights came to a conclusion to start the protests. Dr. King states that African American people have been told to wait for more than 340 years for equal rights, and after having to tell their children why they can’t do this or that, or the feeling of inferiority to white people, they couldn’t wait any longer since justice doesn’t have a wait time, anything unjust should be dealt with immediately. The protests only took place after many attempts for peaceful resolution from local officials which were either ignored, or promises broken, for instance from the leaders of Birmingham’s economic community to take down racial signs. This created an environment where there would never be “the right” time to stage these…show more content…
The clergymen scorned the protests for breaking the principle of law and order. This in fact was true stated by Martin Luther King, but only because the laws were unlawful. Dr. King he would be the first to advocate to follow the law, if the laws were just. Dr. King goes on to explain how we determine laws to be unjust or just. Laws that are just, Dr. King explains using a reference best delivered by St. Thomas Aquinas, “An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law. Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust.” That statement delivers the idea that all segregation laws are unjust, as they seek to divide a group of people from another, in an attempt of a prevention of equality and unity. This shows that while the protests seemed to be breaking the law, they were not breaking any laws that were truly just laws set to help guide, promote and protect citizens, and to promote order by creating a unity of people, instead of endorse separation of citizens from each other based on skin
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