Civil disobedience has been used to peacefully protest for change for decades. The idea that it is acceptable to rebel against injustice is one that is fundamental to the very start of our nation. The American Revolution, while not a non-violent rebellion, is an example of fighting for something that is believed to be right. It is from here that the idea of civil disobedience stemmed, and from here which it grew. Henry David Thoreau illustrated the need for civil disobedience when he said, “The authority of government… [,] to be strictly just must have the consent of the governed.” The changes that have been brought about by this kind of peaceful protest have changed our world for the better. I believe that civil disobedience is something that
One of the many influential people in American History was Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King was a pastor in the Baptist faith, but he also was a leader in the advancement of colored people. During Dr. King’s time, segregation was at an all time high throughout the nation. But Dr. King, didn’t believe in violent protest, instead he insisted non-violent protest was the way to go. Dr. King held multiple speeches in multiple states about civil rights in America, until he reached the national level. On August
The 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre in China or the June Fourth Incident was one of the most famous student protests in the world’s history. The Massacre took place on June 4th 1989 – the last day of a series of pro-democracy demonstrations around Tiananmen Square beginning from April 14. The Tiananmen protest ended in tragic failure and bloodbath as the Chinese state decided to put down the protest with a martial law. At last, army troops and tanks were sent to take control of the city and were ordered to clear the square by firing at the crowd of protesters. The number of deaths has been a matter of controversy over the world until now, which ranges from several hundreds to thousands. In spite of the massiveness and the great influence of
When citizens use civil disobedience in a positive manner it can be a very effective mechanism for shining a light on our nation’s problems and opening a dialogue that will lead to solutions that will move the nation forward in a positive way. This balance, like our history, is often difficult to navigate but we must do so for the sake of future
Race riots are one of the major news items we hear about via the media when a social crisis occurs. The riots in Baltimore, however, were not so much about race, but more about economic and social class separations. The riots began as a peaceful protest amongst the citizens of Baltimore over the death of one of their own, Freddie Gray. Gray was a young, African-American, from a financially lower class area of Baltimore. Unfortunately, he died while in custody of the Baltimore Police. While this is a tragic loss, he was unlawfully detained by the police (Sarlin, 2015) during this ordeal. On the surface, the riots may appear as a cut-and-dry race provoked, once they are looked into further, that is not necessarily the case.
The Prodemocracy Movement, the Bloody Massacre in Tiananmen Square, and the Tiananmen Square Incident or Massacre are just a few of the names of the protests that went wrong that began in April 1989 and came to an upsetting end in June 1989. The citizens of China had wanted a political form for a long time, but did not know how and when to start. The protests started when a favored government official died. Shortly after, Mikhail Gorbachev visited Communist China, and everyone was jealous of the relationship he had with his people. The protesters went on a hunger strike because they wished they had leaders like Gorbachev. This gained the support of many people, and eventually there were over one million people camped out in Tiananmen Square asking for a change in their corrupt government. The government officials got very angry and send out an army to use against their own people. A great deal of people died and a ton were injured. Because the media was able to cover a majority of everything that happened, everyone around the world saw it, and it changed their thoughts of the Chinese government. The Tiananmen Square Massacre ruined China 's international image throughout the world.
Civil disobedience isn’t uncommon in America, but the modern idea of civil disobedience has become flawed and distorted from its original intent. Currently, there are thousands of causes and ideals that are spastically flung around and just as soon forgotten. This is because the guise of civil disobedience is often abused by people simply to attract publicity. These methods of claimed civil disobedience often do little to nothing in working towards the goal that they claim to stand for, or their intensions are vague and unclear. For example, in the news, the most popular recent controversial example of civil disobedience is the kneeling during the national anthem before a football game. At its manifestation, this movement was intended to protest the inequalities in the treatment of races by the police especially in Chicago. This effectively accomplished nothing. It raised awareness but the majority of intelligent civilians were already aware of the inequalities. The flaw of this example is that the form of disobedience
Have you heard about any peaceful protests turned violent recently? It’s statistically proven that the amount of riots have increased over the years. We often stop and ask ourselves why this is occurring, however we don’t go into extensive research as to why. We live in an era overwhelmed by violence and rage which is only expanding. Because racial profiling and police brutality has become such a major issue during recent time, the amount of riots have accumulated. Many mass rallies have occurred, per se the Black Lives Matter movement, the Rodney King riots, and the St. Louis protests.
Disobedience can be seen in many forms, but the most astonishing form of disobedience is when one goes against the rules and comes out being more spectacular subsequently to when one follows the rules and allows the system of society to define their true purpose and potential for the sake of good for all. Looking at the past, we know that disobedience has always been seen as a behavior in which “non-civil” humans act, those who are less thought of and have no meaning in society, but for most part disobedience has had a positive effect on us and our country all we have to do is take a glance at history. Reminiscing about our history we can recall iconic figures who defined the rules and showed civil disobedience by standing up against the odds,
The Civil Rights Movement that occurred in both Africa and America saw the emergence of two very powerful leaders and there were fundamental philosophical ideological differences between ideas propagated by them. Highly influenced by non-violence of Mahatma Gandhi of India, Luther realized that resisting violence was a very potent non-physical weapon of protestation. He believed that the mind backed by its emotion and passion is as provocative and thought compelling as physical movement. Malcolm X never differed from the purpose of achieving freedom of Luther. But he highly suspected whether non violence could attain it without being interpreted as poor people’s defenseless mechanism of action. He said that the wiping out of white violence
The Tiananmen Square Uprising also known as the “June Fourth Incident” was a student-led demonstration in Beijing. This regarded the more popular movement in Beijing protest during this period. Also, known as the “89 Democracy Movement” The protest was by force blocked after the government had declared Martial Law. Troops would ultimately kill several hundred protestors who tried to stop the military blockage with tanks and assault rifles. The civilian death rate was estimated between a few hundred to thousands. Soon a rapid economic development and social changes would follow in the post Mao-era China. These protesters would soon reflect the anxieties about the soon future for China. There was a reform in the 1980’s that had led a nascent
On April 16, 1989, in Tiananmen Square which is in Beijing, China experienced a protest which was called the June Fourth incident or more commonly known as the Tiananmen Square Protest. China, which had been controlled by the Communist Party since Mao Zedong’s rise of power during the Cold War, had been ruled over by Deng Xiaoping at the time of the protest. More than a million protesters which mostly consisted of students, had gathered at the square, protesting for reforms and the political transition to a democratic society. Through time, the student based protesters soon gained support nationwide as many supporters travelled to Beijing to support the students. However, the protest for reform did not only occurred at the square; the people who sided with the protesters spread the revolt to nearly four hundred cities in China. The protest had been smoothly executed without violence until the government sent forces which ended in a massacre.
An estimate near one million Chinese citizens, most of which were young students, gathered into the center of Beijing protesting for greater democracy. They also demanded Chinese Communist Party authority to resign, because of their restrictive form of governing. Protestors chanted, marched and even staked out for about three weeks. Much of the events were recorded and reported by western reporters to be released in United States and Europe. Both Chinese troops and police mortally attacked the protestors at the Tiananmen Square, the center of Beijing. This brutal attack occurred on June 4, 1989. The troops and police randomly fired into the crowds. Thousands of students tried escaping from the massacre. Some of the protestors fought back. The
Protesters in Beijing China, 1989, took a stand against a communist government in many protest in Tiananmen Square in the spring and summer months. College students in the area called for the change in early mourning for the death of Hu Yaobang, who died on April 15th, 1989, who wanted to help make more democratic changes to the government of China. Soon more people joined in, leading to the peak of 1.2 million people who came not only for protest but to see General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, Zhao Ziyang, plead for everyone to go home and end the hunger strikes so people can get through the area and have peace. But, on May 19th, Martial Law is declared by Premier Li Peng of the communist Chinese government, and not too long after
The Tiananmen Square Protests of 1989, more popularly known as the Tiananmen Square Incident or Tiananmen Square Massacre, were a series of student-led demonstrations in Beijing during 1989. The student-led protests were forcibly suppressed by tanks and armed troops 2 weeks after the government declared martial law and mobilized as many as 300,000 troops into Beijing. The death toll is still widely debated.The protests happened during rapid economic and social developments in China. The students called for political and economic reform, as well as more individual rights and freedoms due to the political corruption that was the result of inflation. At the height of the protests, about a million people assembled in the Square. By May, a student-led hunger strike gathered support for the