Civil Disobedience Thesis

583 Words3 Pages
Civil disobedience is the refusal to comply with certain laws or to pay taxes and fines, as a peaceful form of political protest. Civil disobedience can have a huge impact on others. It is a way to pave the way for any type of change that may be needed. In Malala Yousafzai’s speech and in Martin Luther King Jr.’s A Letter from Birmingham City Jail, they explain why civil disobedience is sometimes necessary inorder to spread news about an issue people do not care about and to convince people that are against an issue. To begin with, in order to spread news about an issue people don’t care about civil disobedience is needed. Yousafzai says, “We will continue our journey to our destination of peace and education for everybody” (3). When Yousafzai…show more content…
Yousafzai states, “To ensure freedom and equality for women so that they can flourish. We cannot all succeed when half of us are being held back” (3). Yousafzai wants women to stop being held back so they can be as successful as men. She has to use civil disobedience to spread the message because so many people are against this message because so many people are narrow minded and she hopes to convince them. In addition, Martin Luther King Jr. was also fighting for a group of people by using civil disobedience. King writes, “Since we so diligently urge people to obey the Supreme Court’s decision of 1954 outlawing segregation in the public schools, it is rather strange and paradoxical to find us consciously breaking laws” (221). King say’s how people against his ideas wonder how he can demanded new laws when he is breaking others. King uses civil disobedience to disobey unjust laws that focus on bringing down minorities, in order to achieve his goal of equality. For both Yousafzai and King they had to use civil disobedience to convince people who were against their causes. In these cases, civil disobedience was necessary to achieve their goals. It is easy to see that civil disobedience can have a positive outcome and help peoples causes. Civil disobedience can be used in different ways to spread the news about an issue. In Malala Yousafzai’s speech and in Martin Luther King Jr.’s A Letter from Birmingham
Open Document