As humans, we all know the difference between right and wrong, unjust and just or we should at least have an idea. In Letter from the Birmingham Jail, King states, “I am in Birmingham because injustice is here.” (800). As King also stated, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to injustice everywhere.” (800). Basically, King is trying to say that if something is wrong in one part of America then it should be a problem in other parts of America. In Kings nonviolent campaign he tells us how it exactly works with injustice in Birmingham. Martin Luther King wanted equal opportunity between African Americans and the whites.
King had a very certain way to determine if a law was just or unjust. “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.”(803). Unjust laws were abundant in the south around the 1960’s. King was very clear in stating how people need to act now. As many of us can agree today, segregation is unacceptable. “All segregation laws statutes are unjust because segregation distorts the soul and damages the personality.” (804). For a person to be abused constantly, emotionally and physically, it can really take a huge toll on one’s life. As King tried and tried to get more and more people to act now, everybody told him to wait. King thought differently and thought that waiting was not an option. “We have waited for more than 340 years for our constitutional and God-given rights.”