This follows the same format as all of your other blogs save "The Future Freaks Me Out" - a minimum of two well-written paragraphs containing at least seven sentences apiece. Feedback is encouraged (as always), but no longer required.
EDIT: Elizabeth has pointed out that I never included a due date. One would be helpful, wouldn't it? This post is due by 4:00pm on Wednesday, June 10th!
Thanks for an exciting class today! Remember, legal immigration is the way to go; I just love the way that particular case intersects with "Building a Better World." One more day to go! It's a final writing/yearbook signing/graduation speech/class reflection extravaganza! Should be fun...
(And Greg - if you can't figure out what the "house that fire built" is (besides a song title)...take a wild guess.)
As mentioned in class, these questions are a combination of my own work and queries I received from Occidental after reading "Letter from Birmingham Jail."
+ How does King distinguish between “just” and “unjust” laws? Do you accept his distinction? If not, how do you evaluate laws, and how do you govern your own behavior?
+ Forty years have passed since the publication of Dr. King’s letter. How close are we to achieving the sort of democratic society he envisioned? If we aren’t there yet, what remains to be done, and how will your generation do it?
You may answer either one; you may answer both. I look forward, as always - and for virtually the last time - to reading your work.
Martin Luther King Jr. uses the terms of st. Thomas Aquinas in terms of deciding what an unjust law and a just law is. they are very simple terms, easy to understand, and it says "any law that uplifts personality is just." a law not to be obeyed is one that "degrades human personality." and we can see that in bermingham in 1963 he was right in not following the unjust laws. because segregation is against all human rights, because it gives a sense of superiority and a sense of inferiority to the ones being segregated.
the white majority had chosen to try and keep the black minority down, by keeping them segregated by making them eat at "colored only" counters. and by staying in "colored only" hotels. Martin Luther takes the high road, and uses quotes from religious scholars as well as the bible instead of using laws to stand behind. in doing this martin luther king jr. stands head and shoulders above those whites who are choosing to keep down his people.
Mr. King says " a just law is a man made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law". I concur with what Mr. King has said. I think that we make up our own laws that are unjust rather than the laws that are there to help our people. I believe that it is already been done. We have more to do like take care of our enviorment and our economy. With the race its way better than what it was before but we still have some work we still need to do.
Martin Luther King Jr. states that just laws are laws that are based on the "moral law or the law of God." Unjust laws are laws that are "out of harmony with the moral law." In other words, an unjust law is specifically aimed at a group of minorities, and only the minorities, the law does not apply to the majorities or the people who made the law. Just laws are for everyone to follow, the minorities and the majorities. In a simpler way, I think Mr. King's distinction between the laws are: just laws are reasonable, and unjust laws are unreasonable.
Our country definitely made a great deal of improvements since the "Letter from Birmingham Jail." In my opinion, society as a whole has achieved a democratic society that Mr. King has envisioned. However, among individuals, racism and inequality still continues to exist, and it would always exist. I think as time moves on, racism slowly dies down because we get to understand each other better, but it would never be completely gone.
Although we have come a long way since Dr. King’s speech, we are still distant from being completely equal. African Americans, especially the young ones are using racist slang towards each other! Why would the African American youth waste the effort put forward by Dr. King on this crude language? In the Asian community, African Americans are viewed as like a lower class, at least in my eyes. I think it will just take time for everyone to get accused to African Americans, especially the Asians born in Asia. We have things like black history month and Jackie Robinson day to remember the accomplishments of the African American icons over the years, we need more of those and their ideas need to be spread to the older generations and the extremely young. My generation just needs to remember how the African Americans of old did for the black of today and respect it more. Eventually it will catch on that everyone is equal.