Martin Luther King And Civil Disobedience

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During his confinement in Birmingham city jail, Martin Luther King Jr., a man of patience and virtue, wrote, “…we who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive” (Ali-Dinar). Throughout his life, King led peaceful protests to further equality and justice in the African American community; many were opposed with police brutality and fierce discrimination. Had it not been for the media, which broadcasted to Americans nationwide, the eyes of the public and the President would have remained shut to the continuing unequal treatment of the law and violent oppression that many African Americans faced. Despite attempts to halt their movement, the protesters…show more content…
When Edward Snowden illegally leaked files from NSA databases because he disagreed with the intrusiveness of the government, his actions hurt the public by exposing the personal information of many individuals and also damaging the image of the NSA and the government (Toobin). However, his actions did not have lasting negative impacts on society; his movement was not backed with support since he was standing up for his own beliefs rather than fighting for the rights of others. On the other hand, when Rosa Parks disobeyed the law with her act of civil disobedience, she was not acting selfishly, rather she was standing up for a cause that resonated with a group of thousands of people. In fact, her actions led thousands of African Americans to participate in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a movement that gained so much support and attention that the Supreme Court declared bus segregation unconstitutional (Korpe). Rosa Parks was more than an individual acting for her personal beliefs; she became the leader of a movement of individuals whose acts of civil disobedience inspired positive changes in government and
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