Martin Luther King Rhetorical Analysis

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When we think about committing a crime, we usually perceive the idea of manslaughter or robbery. It is a common idea that the crimes committed is always righteous to the system and that any penalty would have been deserved. However, Martin Luther King Jr., while spending time in jail for a penalty based on an absence of permit to parade in the streets, writes a letter demonstrating the injustices in the federal law system and where the flaws take place. Almost 64 years ago, segregation was determined to be an unjust action occurring in the United States. The law affected thousands throughout the United States, changing lives forever. However, the fight was long and merciless. The federal system demonstrated many particular ways of being…show more content…
If all laws were morally wrong, there would be no real system of government. King explains that the difference between an unjust law and a just law is within moral. A just law follows the moral or divine law made by humanity themselves. However, an unjust law is a code affecting the minority that was uninvolved because, “they did not have the unhampered right to vote.” King explores the idea that the segregation laws in Alabama were not righteous because the laws were not democratically voted upon. Many colored people were not allowed to vote, simply required to watch as the very laws put in by the government that claimed to keep the people safe and free violated their own freedom and rights. A court that rules out the crime of child molestation, on the claims that it is traumatic and malicious to the child, and undeserving upon the victim, is morally just. A country does not have to think twice about whether the law is righteous and forgiving. However, a court that rules that a victim of sex trafficking would face the death penalty on the account that she defended herself and unintentionally murdered her offender would be morally unjust. We, as a country, know that the crime that took place within that period was not excusable, and that the idea of defense upon a victim was defendable in court. The same idea is displayed in the segregated era of the time period, and displays the difference in just and unjust
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