Martin Luther King and Unjust Laws

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Martin Luther King and Unjust Laws
Martin Luther King’s “Letter to Birmingham” is a very moving piece of literature. He is very passionate in what he believes, and will do anything to get people to realize how cruel and corrupt people are towards Negroes. He will do anything to make society realize how unjust people are when they treat minorities with darker skin differently than the majority of the people.

In the letter Martin Luther King explains two different types of laws. The two laws are just and unjust. “A just law is a manmade code that squares with the moral law or the law of God (King, par. 16).” “An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law (King, par. 16).” Basically a just law is what is morally right, and an unjust law is something that goes against people’s basic morals.

In athletics we have similar issues of people being treated differently. It is a rule that you cannot participate on a school team if you do not keep a certain grade point average, 80 and above. If a player’s grade or grades begin to go down and become lower than an 80 average then the coach of the team is supposed to put the player on probation; no participation during practice and not allowed to play games. If the player is the best player on the team then a lot of times the player will just have to get the grade up and not receive any type of punishment. If the player is a second string player then the coach is usually stricter on that player and doesn’t allow them to come to practice.

Again, in athletics we have a lot of unjust things that happen. Not just with the coaches and favoritism with players, but also with people with higher authority making coaches have no say for their players. For example an athlete will be told at the beginning of the season or right after tryouts that if they are in a fight or get into any trouble at school there will be severe consequences. Every coach makes the athlete sign a waiver of rules showing that if they...
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