Martin Luther King Jr and the Nazi Regime Research Paper by Jojoy

Martin Luther King Jr and the Nazi Regime
A look at how the American Civil Rights Movement and the Nazi regime in Germany that led to the Second World War stand as examples of how social and political perspectives interact with each other.
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The paper relates that the actions of the Nazi regime regime both internally and externally were justified by legal and political rule that gave justification to social segregation, war and even in principle, the holocaust. The paper then points out that, similarly, the Civil Rights Movement highlighted that despite social enlightenment regarding the equality of races, there has been little effect on the political and social representation of minorities in the U.S. The paper concludes that Martin Luther King's statement reminding that the legality of Hitler's actions in the war reflects how the law can be used to the disadvantage of society. This reflects that social conditions influence politics and legislation just as much as they affect society and the need for these various social institutions to check and balance each other.

Impact to society
Legal foundations as justification
Implications to the civil rights movement
Contemporary legal and political systems


From the Paper:

"According to Stychin and Mulcahy (2007), the establishment of legislation, aside from creating legitimacy for an action, also protects the action from legal consequences even if they interfere with civil or natural rights. In contemporary legal and judicial systems, there is an assumption of the law to take precedence. The only avenue in such settings otherwise is through the order of appeals or higher courts. Thus, the provision or availability of legal justification also implies the political support or justification of the action. At the same time, as illustrated in King's illustration of the right of African Americans to civil liberties, there is an assumption that the public can hold its political institutions accountable. "architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir" (King, 1963b)
This has significant implications to socio-political systems. Pattison and Evans (2006, p. 712) point out that public policies such as laws, "fundamentally change the relationships between citizens and their careers and among careers and the law and the state". This also implies that the law, which is separate from the system itself since it is defined by legislature, is the overriding component in the system (Unger, 1977). Thus, the law may not reflect what is just or equitable but more evidently political perspective of the state. This then requires active action to change and implement legislation through reform or social movements."

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