Are we morally obliged to obey unjust laws? Do we have to follow a law regardless of
how unfair, unjust, or immoral it may be? The only reason that these laws must be followed are
because they are the law. But if your're caught in a situation were the "unjust law needs to be
broken would you create civil disobedience and take a stand for what you believe in?
An unjust law according to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is "Any law that degrades human
personality is unjust. "An unjust law is a code that a numerical or power majority compels a
minority group to obey, but does not make binding on itself. An unjust law according to Henry
David Thoreau is, " ¦if is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to
another, then, I say, break the law. He strongly believes that an individual should stand up to
the government and break a law if it condurs injustice to them. Despite the consequences, an
individual should do what they personally believe is right. Thoreau, " ¦paid no taxes poll-tax for
six years, but "never declined paying the highway tax, because I am as desirous of being a good
neighbor . Despite the consequences, he would stand firm in his opinions and beliefs. In turn
Thoreau spent one night in prison, but felt that his personal convictions outweighed any
punishment. The argument Thoreau builds is for the importance of civil disobedience. Iin his
speech "Civil Disobedience demonstrates why a person should violate an unjust law.
I define an unjust law as one that degrades human personality through the unfair suffering
of a minority group at the hands of a majority group. A law that causes a person to suffer simply
because they do not agree with this majority is an incorrect and unjust law.