Civil diobedience Essay

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civil diobedience




Not everyone knows what civil disobedience is. Civil is something relating to a community
or to a citizen. Disobedience is failure or refusal to obey. Therefore, civil
disobedience is citizens failing to obey the law. Not meaning robbery or murder but to
protest against something. Speaking your mind when something is not right.

For example a group of people might be against killing animals. A group of vegetarians may
stand out in front of a meat market holding signs a chanting how they don’t think that
people should eat meat because innocent animals are being killed. They may try to tell
the customers how they are doing a terrible thing. They would state their opinions hoping
the people may listen.

This is civil disobedience because they are cousing tension between the owner of the store
and themselves. It may cause a battle between the vegitarians and the meat eaters. If
you do not have a permit to protest then you cannot protest. It is against the law. Even
though they are not harming anyone physically it is still illegal and they can be punished
for it. Someone like Martin Luther King Jr. would probably not agree.

Martin Luther King Jr. was a minister of a Baptist church. He became the president of the
Southern Christian Leadership Conference. This was an organization of all races from all
over the country to fight nonviolently for racial integration.

King was in Birmingham and led a protest that had been very civilized. The police then
reacted violently making the civil protest a violent one. King then wrote his “Letter from
Birmingham Jail”. His audience is clergymen of the area.

In this letter he uses people like the Apostle Paul and Jesus Christ. King says,
“An unjust law is no law at all.” Therefore, one can and bust defy man-made law I it
violates a higher moral law. He used this so the clergymen can relate. These are the
people the clergymen worship and follow, so King figured they might listen.

King felt Birmingham had been unjust and segregated. He says, “To put it in the terms of
St. Thomas Aquinas, an unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal and natural
law”. Again he refers to someone the clergymen are familiar with. Trying to have
understood.

The thing that bothered King most was that white ministers knew this was justice and they
just kept silent. They did not do anything to say blacks should have equal rights even
though they believed they should. Instead they were silent which King thought was just as
bad as hateful words and actions.

King argues that the clergymen referred to the activity in Birmingham as extreme. He did
not like the act they called him an extremist. Then he explains it is okay because, what
about Jesus? He was an extremist. Then he mentioned more people like Amos, Paul, Jon
Bunyan, Lincoln, and Jefferson.

Everything King wrote in his letter he backed up with religious people, people who had
made a difference in this world. He talks about the belief in god and to know moral and
unjust laws. Every individual should have equal rights, according to King. That is in
the Constitution. The thing is that not everybody does. Everyone is equally worth the
same, but that is not expressed by everyone. This is one of Kings main arguments.

Martin Luther King Jr. wrote this to make a difference in how people are treated. The way
people are treated is very important and he wanted to be supported. Many people did
support him but were silent about how they felt. King tried to get them to express the
way they feel as he had done himself. So the best he did was write the “Letter from
Birmingham Jail” hoping the clergymen would listen and take a stand.

At the end of his letter he apologized if he had said anything to offend anyone. He also
states, “ I hope this letter finds you strong in the faith.” And I believe that is what
King really wanted to do. Get people in touch with what they believe in.

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