Kmeyerhoff MLK post

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”

This quote was used in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail.  King wrote this letter from jail in response to some white religious leaders in the south.  He was in jail at the time for being a participant in a movement against segregation.  King made this specific statement about injustice that was happening in Birmingham.  King felt that he could not just sit by and let injustice happen.

While reading the letter, this quote stuck out to me.  I think that this is something our world needs to pay more attention to.  When there is injustice somewhere, it doesn’t only affect just that specific place, but many others as well.  Just because the injustice appears in only one place doesn’t mean the whole world doesn’t discuss the situation.

This can be seen in many instances in the United States.  One example is the legislation over gay rights.  While some states have granted same sex marriage, others still have not.  Injustice still lies within the states that have not granted the same rights to homosexuals.  Since homosexuals do not have the same rights as everyone in every state, this is still threatening those states that do grant the same rights.  People are still angry and feel mistreated by these injustices.  I think that King’s quote relates a lot to this situation.

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  1. Posted January 23, 2013 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    Wow great correlation with the past and present between racism and gay rights ! Great post

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