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The Act Of Civil Disobedience

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Civil injustice by definition is the unlawful violation of civil rights and these civil injustices that range from discrimination to racism have been going on for decades now and to this day are still going on. In the event that these civil injustices do occur, the citizens that these injustices affect and even those who it doesn’t have the right to stand up and voice their opinion through the act of civil disobedience. I believe that when done correctly, civil disobedience can positively affect a free society. In this essay, I will briefly discuss why civil disobedience is necessary to affect changes in our society that are deemed unfair to a group…show more content…
Protesters practice this non-violent form of civil disorder with the expectation that they will be arrested, or even attacked or beaten by the authorities. Protesters often undergo training in advance on how to react to arrest or to attack, so that they will do so in a manner that quietly or limply resists without threatening the authorities.” The protesters that demonstrate these techniques do so as a means as to disrupt daily life as it is going on making it impossible for people to ignore them. In doing so, these people have to be prepared to gracefully accept any consequences that come with their actions of civil disobedience. In part 2 of the essay titled “Civil Disobedience”, author Henry David Thoreau states, “Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.” He says this because he feels that those people unjustly detained don’t deserve to be in there anymore then he does and so if he has to get arrested fighting for his cause then so be…show more content…
One example of this is the Grensboro sit-ins in 1960. According to americanhistory.si.edu, a group of African American teenagers sat in at a white only diner and politely requested service. When they were asked to leave, they refused and were beaten. Another example that is very popular is Rosa Parks deciding that she would sit in the front of the bus at a time when blacks were only allowed to sit in the back. For this civil disobedience, she was
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