In his essay, “Letter to Birmingham Jail” he talks about injustice. His injustice is somewhat similar to Thigh Nat Hand’s essay, “In Search of the Enemy Man”. Thigh Nat Han was a Buddhist monk. He was a humans rights activist, who believed that through mindfulness, we can learn to live in the present moment instead of in the past and in the future. Dwelling in the present moment is, according to Thigh Nat Han, the only way to truly develop peace, both in one’s self and in the world.
Han was nominated by DRP. Martin Luther King, Jar. For the Nobel Peace Prize. Injustice is something that violates the rights of others, unfair treatment, or something that is morally wrong. Today’s injustice involves the George Zimmerman case, where George Zimmerman fatally shot Tramway Martin, a 17 year old African American student. The injustice in the case is that George Zimmerman didn’t get charged for the killing of him, even though he did. Therefore there is injustice in Martin Luther Kings letter, Thigh Nat Hand’s, and especially the George Zimmerman case.
Martin Luther King wrote the Clergymen who eave written him a letter, claiming that the demonstrations that were being held were “unwise and untimely. ” In Martin Luther Kings “Letter to Birmingham Jail”, the injustice is that African Americans were not treated equally to white people. God created each and every person equally, and it certainly didn’t seem that way back then. In his essay he says that he came to Birmingham only because injustice was there, in hope that someone would acknowledge it. Protesting landed Martin Luther King Jar. Into a Birmingham Jail cell. He says in his essay, “… Hen you have to concoct n answer for a five year old son who is asking: “Daddy, why do white people treat colored people so mean? “; when you take a cross county drive and find it necessary to sleep night after night in the uncomfortable corners of your automobile because no motel will accept you; when you are humiliated day in and day out by nagging signs reading “white” and “colored”; when your first name becomes “Niger,” your middle name becomes “boy… ” This is so unfair. Just because of the color of your skin doesn’t mean you should be treated any differently.
Martin Luther King tries very aridly to get the clergymen he wrote the letter to realize this. He wants every single person to be treated equally. Due to the poor treatment black folks were treated this definitely is in injustice. In his essay he states, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”. In his essay he is saying, “They threw me in Jail for what I believe and I am okay with that because I am standing up for what I believe in”. Martin Luther King, Jar. Ties himself to God by suggesting that above constitutional rights and legal laws are God-given rights, and these rights are the ones that he and his lowers are supporting.
In Thigh Nat Hand’s, “In Search of the Enemy of Man” injustice is hard to point out, but there is definitely an injustice. The Vietnamese Monk would burn himself to say with all his strength and determination, that he could endure the greatest of sufferings to protect his people. The monk who burns himself has lost neither courage nor hope. The self-burning of Vietnamese Buddhist monks in 1963 is somehow difficult to understand. It then spoke of suicide in the Injustice By Casebook’s 3 with all my heart that the monks who burned themselves did not aim at the death of he oppressors but only at a change in their policy.
Their enemies are not man. They are intolerance, fanaticism, dictatorship, cupidity, hatred and discrimination which lie within the heart of man. I also believe with all my being that the struggle for equality and freedom you lead in Birmingham, Alabama… Is not aimed at the whites but only at intolerance, hatred and discrimination. ” He basically compares the injustice in King’s letter to his essay, “The Search of the Enemy of Man”. We all suffer. Being human, we all know what suffering is. We know what it is to lose a love one, to be bused, to be victimized.
In our common suffering, and our compassionate response to suffering, we have a basis for finding and seeing our common humanity. The Buddhist monks only burned themselves because they were compassionate in what they believed in. They did it because of the injustice around them, and they wanted to be heard. The George Zimmerman case also is very wrong. On February 26, 2012, George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain in Sanford, Florida, called 911 to report “a suspicious person” in the neighborhood. He was instructed not to get out of his SUB or approach the person.
Zimmerman disregarded the instructions. Moments later, neighbors reported hearing gunfire. Zimmerman acknowledged that he shot Martin, claiming it was in self-defense. In a police report, Officer Timothy Smith writes that Zimmerman was bleeding from the nose and back of the head. On March, 12 2012 Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee says that Zimmerman has not been charged because there are no grounds to disprove his story of the events. Injustice in the case is that he definitely shot Tramway Martin. How can you not charge someone if they admit to killing someone?
From the thousands of lynching’s, that were never respected to police beatings and murders that triggered riots, African Americans have historically had little reason to believe that the state values their lives as much as those of others. To this day, offenders against black victims are treated more leniently than those whose victims are white. Against this backdrop, the Tradition Martin case was always going to be about race, regardless of how frequently people claimed it wasn’t. It was about race from the moment George Zimmerman decided against the instructions of police; to pursue an unarmed black teenager through a
Florida gated community because of his supposed resemblance to African American burglars in the area. African Americans might wonder whether their rights as citizens will ever include the expectation of equal treatment in the criminal Justice system, either as offenders or victims. The George Zimmerman case will always be looked at as a racial injustice towards African American people. Both King and Han were avid human rights activists. There are comparisons of injustice in both Martin Luther King Jar’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail” and Thigh Anta
Hand’s “In Search of the Enemy of Man”. Both men were out to get there point across to the nation. Martin Luther King fights for African American Rights, however Thigh Anta Han fights for the Vietnamese Buddhist monks. Martin Luther King Jar. Compares being arrested for his peaceful, but illegal actions to the crucifixion of Jesus for his “unique God-consciousness and never-ceasing devotion”. King writes about the emotional suffering that blacks went through due to segregation and prejudice. Suicide, instead they were simply doing it in order to someday be treated equally.
They felt it was the only way they would ever get Justice. They both addressed the importance of the human person, God or Ultimate Reality, and the world. In both of the readings a theme present throughout the books was the concept of suffering or embarrassment in order to achieve a higher state of life. In Hand’s it would have been Nirvana. King on the other hand would have been heaven. Suffering and humility is something I saw throughout both books and even though the authors belonged to different religions they referred to it in similar ways.