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Fighting Injustice Essay

1040 words - 4 pages

I believe that the statements and ideas listed herein this quote, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” (Martin Luther King Jr.) relates to how if one country is allowed to abuse, mistreat and terrorize their citizens that countries all over the world will fall like a domino and will eventually allow themselves to give similar treatment to their countries. I understand this quote as being a statement given by Martin Luther King Jr. against communism, fascism, civil rights abuses and unjust treatment in general because of the brutal and horrible lives that some people during his time had to experience and suffer under. The quote also states that injustice to any person of this planet is wrong and that regardless of rhyme or reason people should cease to be oppressed by their individual governments and instead be listened to and cooperated with by the local institutions. However, it can also be a reference to the Civil Rights Movement of MLK’s time that could mean that he was speaking out against Jim Crowe laws and segregation. It has multiple uses in that it can serve as a well planned out strategic attack against not only communism, but segregation as well. In general the statement/quote is a strong, yet short proclamation against injustice all around the world and how it defiantly claims it to affect the rest of the world.
An application of the quote can be the human trafficking trade in Somalia. It can be said that one of the worst places in the world is the Somalian trafficking rings. A good showing of this fact is one specific article that actually takes the point of view of one child who travels from place to place being sold from owner to owner and how he was mentally and physically abused (HumanTrafficking.Org, Somalia: Human Trafficking on the Increase). This small article actually never made it to major press in any country, it unfortunately only made it into small newspapers. The issue was never looked at on an international level and therefore was never addressed as a real problem, it stayed a local Somalian topic and never amounted to anything on a larger scale.
Another interesting example of injustice against a group of people is the Cambodian genocide. The hardships and the pains that the Cambodian people went through during the mass genocide of the people of Cambodia were horrible and was largely overlooked by the rest of the world. The heart wrenching story of how over 20 percent of the entire nation’s population was wiped out in a blink of the eye by Pol Pot. His rule over the country influenced a horrid regime of terrible tragedies and it was only noticed and talked about more than ten years after the fact. The biggest relation of this piece of terrible tragedy to injustice had to do with how the media didn’t even acknowledge the event until ten years after it had happened and that the UN still has not officially recognized the event as genocide. As a result other events around the world have not been called...

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