Civil Disobedience And The Civil Rights Movement

881 Words Nov 18th, 2015 4 Pages
In Thoreau 's essay Civil Disobedience he makes the point that bystanders are just as bad as criminals and that people should stand against unjust crimes even if it means going against the law. And to some extent I do agree because in the past people have broken unjust laws and have created change. A well-known example would be when Rosa Parks sat on the bus in the "White-only" seating area, which lead to important events that helped push the Civil Rights movement forward. But I think that it depends on which laws they choose to break and how far they choose to go with it. Honestly though, I would not want to break the law even if it were unjust unless it was greatly affecting my family or the people I care about because I would rather not risk going to jail or losing everything that I have. There 's also the fear of losing respect and not being able to find a job. In Henry David Thoreau 's essay "Civil Disobedience," he says, "I saw to what extent the people among whom I lived could be trusted as good neighbors and friends; that their friendship was for summer weather only..." ("Civil Disobedience", 12). After going to jail he had lost the people around him, they no longer treated him the same. He did not commit a violent crime, he just refused to pay his taxes and was labeled a criminal. If his friends could treat him differently because of that, then imagine how employers would look at him. But, if there were ever a time when I needed to break a law to protect my family…
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