The Inequality Of Human Rights

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The Inequality of Human rights


Despite a bulging body of literature, and reform efforts undertaken by the juvenile justice system summarized above, Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) continues only mildly abated (Pope et al., Pp. 23-58). Due to the intransigence of the problem, it may be useful to consider application of the social work perspective on human rights. Social workers around the world share a common value of social justice (NASW, 1999). The value of social justice, however, does not always translate into a sense of responsibility to take action (Allan, Pp. 70-88). Despite its value for social work, the idea of human rights has often been restricted to consideration of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights (Nipperness & Briskman, Pp. 58-69).

Thesis Statement:

Martin Luther King Jr. and Jonathan Swift used brilliance to get a solution; they used words to fight oppression, poverty, and human inequality.


Martin Luther King Jr:

A descendant of a long line of preachers, King was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia, to the Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr., and Alberta Williams King. King Sr. was a preacher at the Dexter Baptist Church in Atlanta. King Jr. grew up surrounded by love at home and his community (Carson, Pp. 32-97).

Following his education in Boston, King returned to Alabama in 1954, where he was hired as a pastor at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery. The culture of segregation was deeply entrenched in Montgomery. Events in this city quickly forced King's life to move in a new direction. In December 1955, Rosa Parks, a member of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), was arrested and charged with a violation of the city's segregation ordinance. Parks had refused to give up her seat on the bus to a White man and a major crisis ensued. In response, African Americans in the city established a new civil rights organization, the Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA), and made King its leader. King and others utilized the MIA on two fronts: They organized the Montgomery Bus-Boycott and simultaneously filed a lawsuit against bus segregation in the city. Such actions represented a direct challenge to Montgomery's long-standing racist tradition of segregation. Almost a year after the lawsuit, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that bus segregation in Alabama was unconstitutional, and with that the boycott ended. King and his tactic of nonviolent direct action had scored a major victory. In Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story, King recalled the rationale and effectiveness of this method as one of the most powerful weapons accessible to exploited people in their quest for social justice. Montgomery proved to be merely the beginning. In later years, King's tactics involved marches, sit-ins, kneel-ins, and much more. His actions put him at the center stage of social reform in the 1960s, in the crosshairs of America's powerful segregationists (Washington, Pp. 132-168). A quote by Martin Luther King explains his stance against oppression and for human rights.

"The race problem will never be finally resolved ...
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