The Treatment Of The Jews During The Holocaust

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According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, legal is defined as “conforming to or permitted by law or established rule” (merriam webster). It then defines moral as, “expressing or teaching a conception or right behavior” (merriam webster). Dr. King gives a touching look at the difference between legality and morality with the example of events that took place with Germany under the leadership of Hitler. He explains that in Nazi Germany, it was “legal” to abuse and humiliate Jews. He then states that the comforting and aiding to Jews in Nazi Germany was illegal. While the first is legal and the second is illegal, what is legal is blatantly immoral whereas what is illegal is boldly moral. The abuse and mistreatment of Jews during the…show more content…
Instead, there was complete segregation between the two. The second way in which King explains how a law can be unjust is a law would degrade the personality of humans. A law that raises humans and the personality that they have is considered just. Dr. King states, “All segregation statutes are unjust because segregation distorts the soul and damages the personality” (242). Segregations give the whites a sense of superiority over the African Americans, making them feel weak or inferior. Dr. King summarizes the words of Martin Buber by suggesting, “. . . segregation substitutes an ‘I-it’ relationship for the ‘I-thou’ relationship, and ends up relegating persons to the status of things. So segregation is not only politically, economically and sociologically unsound but it is morally wrong and sinful” (242). Segregation degrades the African Americans and the personality of man, therefore it is unjust. A third way a law can be unjust is a “. . .code that a majority inflicts on a minority that is not binding on itself” (243). The white people were the majority and inflicted segregation on the African American minority. The social context was set that whites could not interact with African Americans. The law of segregation was not a law in which the white people would impose upon themselves if they were within the minority. So, this would mean that segregation can again be viewed as unjust. The fourth way King
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