Civil disobedience is the active, professed refusal of a citizen to obey certain laws of the state, or demands, orders, and commands of a government, or of an occupying international power. Civil disobedience is sometimes defined as having to be nonviolent to be called civil disobedience. Civil disobedience is sometimes, therefore, equated with nonviolent resistance.Although civil disobedience is considered to be an expression of contempt for law, Martin Luther King Jr. regarded civil disobedience to be a display and practice of reverence for law; for as “Any man who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust and willingly accepts the penalty by staying in jail in order to arouse the conscience of the community on the injustice of the law is at that moment expressing the very highest respect for law. The method of nonviolence was really effective because it gained many people’s attention. One of the most remembered person is Martin Luther King and his march to get the right to vote for black people. What I learned in this two weeks is the the passive or non violence protest was more effective than using weapons and other things to kill or damage other people. All the big leaders of the past used passive or non violence protest because it gained more attention from the people and photographers and when the country tried to stop them, they used weapons but the people in the march didn’t do anything so that photographers could take pictures and videos to put in the new and the people that were in favour for the black people also marched to get the right to vote for the black people. Throughout history, the most notable acts of civil disobedience have been achieved in the pursuit of equality and freedom, such as the Boston Tea Party and the civil rights movement. A specific example would be Rosa Parks’ refusal to surrender her seat on a city bus in 1955. Contemporary civil disobedience, however, is entirely different. That is not to say that the art has been lost; it means only that, rather than focusing on specific civil liberties, modern-day civil disobedience is often directed toward. broader societal concerns like environmental protection and foreign policy. In essence, national law has never been the ultimate authority. It is sometimes forgotten that right and wrong are not necessarily defined by law. So is civil disobedience justifiable? I would say absolutely yes.
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