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Mlk Civil Disobedience

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MLK’s Civil Disobedience in Todays World In Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” he discusses the duty of citizens to enact civil disobedience when there are immoral actions or laws put into place. In accordance with Martin Luther King, Jr. this concept applies to our society today with the recent presidential election of the United States of America. As Donald Trump has been elected the President of the United States, there have been various acts of civil disobedience because millions of individuals do not support him in his presidency. Along with this topic, there are two distinct questions that need to be answered. First, what is civil disobedience in the eyes of Martin Luther King, Jr.? Second, are Donald Trump protests…show more content…
This has been a massive concern for many anti-Trump protestors because they believe that Hillary Clinton should have won because she won the popular vote. Even though Clinton won the popular vote, Trump won the Electoral College, which is why he was elected President of the United States. As King stated, “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.” (King, 1963). This quote applies perfectly for our countries current status because all of the voters who do not support Trump are tied to him and his decisions for the next four years. With King’s view of civil disobedience, these protestors are not justified in their protesting of Trump because a process that has been used for hundreds of years elected him legally. In order for these protestors to civilly disobey in unison with King’s views, they must protest the Electoral College and not the man that the Electoral College elected. Individuals may not agree with Trump being elected, but until he advocates an immoral political action they must not protest against him directly. Part of King’s beliefs includes him being a Christian and obeying the laws of the land. For anybody who is elected legally to become President of the United States, those that follow King’s views are subject to obeying the governing authority as they are in accordance with the laws of God. As King states in his letter, “A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law, or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law.” (King, 1963). This means that it is not justified for anti-Trump protestors to protest out of anger that their candidate of the popular vote did not win because it is in accordance with the authority of the government, which has been in place for
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