Civil Disobedience: Martin Luther King Jr.

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Civil disobedience can mean many things to many people. To some people it could mean a non-violent means of protesting or attempting to achieve political goals; however, in the eyes of people like Martin Luther King Jr it could be different. He stated that “one has the moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws”. Martin Luther King Jr prove this by doing many non-violent protest during his time, to fight against segregation. The meaning of civil disobedience is a bit different in Henry Thoreau’s eyes. He explains civil disobedience as “that it is more important to develop respect for the right, rather than a respect for the law, for people’s obligations are to do what's right”. There are many different people who show civil disobedience in…show more content…
In Thoreau’s eyes this was true act of civil disobedience, for that she did a non-violent act against the government in attempting to share with the world what the government is doing. Now, you may not think that taking down the Confederate flag would be considered protesting or bad thing but most don't realize what the Confederate flag actually stands for. The Confederate flag was a relic from a time when the southern states seceded and started a war that killed thousands of people over slavery. Since the war is over and slavery has ended, in my opinion no state should have a confederate flag hung for their town to see unless it is small like on a t-shirt or a car sticker. But, even though the war ended, there is still segregation in the world; that is why Newsome took down the flag because she wanted to end and get rid of everything that is related to segregation. After Newsome’s act there are many group protests that agreed with her and said she was a hero. If Thoreau was still alive he would even say that she was a hero in his eyes…show more content…
This means that he agrees and that one day men will someday be able to have government that does not govern at all. Thoreau also agrees that a man has an obligation to act according to the dictates of his conscience; that is exactly what Newsome did. Newsome did not harm anybody during her act of protest, she did it to show the world that no matter your race for gender you can go against the government and change it. If you don't like with the government is doing then go against it and try to spark revelation or revolution. Men have recognized and cherished right of revolution, from which Thoreau explains in Civil Disobedience.
“Cast your whole vote, not a strip of paper merely, but your whole influence. Minority is powerless while it conforms to the majority then; but it is irresistible when it clogs by its whole
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