Justice: Letter from Birmingham Jail
Martin Luther King, Jr. firmly believes in his actions and he portrays his feelings in his letter where he addresses to the Alabama clergyman. King “remainsgrounded in logic, convincing that his arguments will in turn convince his audience” (213, Jacobus), that the acts of civil disobedience he and his fellow peers have done are in response to the obviouslack of attention of the government. In spite King had already try to speak to them one occasion for example “came the opportunity to talk to the leaders in Birmingham’s economic community” Kingwrites, “asking them to remove for example the store’s humiliating racial signs. A few signs briefly removed, returned; the others remained” (215). Breaking the law is their last chance to makethemselves notice.
King know the laws where enforced for a certain reason and that is to be followed, but what he did not agreed on is that men had “not only a legal but a moral responsibility to disobeyunjust laws” (218). He also believes such practices of civil disobedience are justified because they tried to express themselves in speaking terms, but no one ever paid any attention to their allegations,so the group (Southern Christian Leadership Conference) decided only way for the leaders of the community to hear them was true civil disobedience. “The purpose of our direct-action program is tocreate a situation son crisis-packed that it will inevitably open the door to negotiation” (216). He is perfectly aware that the best way to approach a problem is not to break the law, instead thesolution would be to have a reasonable talk with the government and come to an agreement, but if it is not possible he affirms the only way to do it is through actions.
King makes the point that in thepast many of the leaders whom have use civil disobedience have come to an end where they got themselves to be heard “to a degree, academic freedom is a reality today because Socrates practiced civil...
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