Non Violent Protest – Dr. Martin Luther King's Moral Disobedience!

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Varsha Chawdhary
Prof. Hughes
Eng 101 Section 811
13th October 2005
Non violent protest – Dr. Martin Luther King's moral disobedience! Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the issue of non-violence in his letter from Birmingham Jail. He states that any law, which is unjust and inhuman, is not a moral law. Dr. King's argument for non-violent protest against the authorities is just and moral; because any action taken for the greater good of human beings may be called disobedience by the authorities, but as Erich Fromm states in his essay "Disobedience as a Psychological and Moral Problem" -- any act of disobedience against any inhuman law of the state is morally correct and is for the betterment of the human kind. King advocates nonviolence as the only moral way of protest, even though authorities may term it as disobedience, it is an act of obedience according to the human law as stated by Erich Fromm in his essay. Martin Luther King's letter which was written in April 16, 1963, is an emotional letter that addresses and responds to the issue and criticism that a group of white clergymen had thrown at him and his pro-black American organization about his and his organization's non -- violent demonstrative actions against racial prejudice and injustice among black Americans in Birmingham. King writes the letter to defend his organization's actions and the letter is also an appeal to the people, both the white and black American society, the social, political, and religious community, and the whole of American society to encourage desegregation, solidarity and equality among all Americans, with no stratification's according to racial differences. King addressed these communities as the primary groups wherein racial segregation is continuously growing (the white American political and religious community) and points much of his arguments to and for his fellow black Americans in the society. King's main argument in writing the Birmingham letter is that, racial segregation,...
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