Persuasive Essay On Nelson Mandela's Rights

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Nelson Mandela fought for racial justice and democracy in South Africa he was quoted stating, “When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw” Mandela believes that a person should stand up for his beliefs and should fight back if his way of life is challenged. For instance Mandela’s beliefs that all men are equal no matter the color of his skin was shunned by the Europeans who controlled the govern in South Africa. The government outlawed any protest or opposition to its segregation laws. Mandela felt that he had the right to protest the laws he deemed unfair which due to the fact that protesting was illegal made him an outlaw. Many individuals that have fought for their beliefs have…show more content…
Martin Luther King believed that the American democracy gives him the right to oppose laws that he deems unfair. King’s speech in the Montgomery Bus Boycott 1995 King states,”The great glory of the American democracy is the right to protest for right (Garrow 2).” When a person disagrees with a law, King believes that the right way for that person to oppose the law is to protest said law. Dr. King went to prison more than once for protesting. King went to prison in Birmingham, Alabama for protesting the segregation laws ”Jail was a part of the routine of his life, and Martin was admirably free of fear for his own safety”(Lewis 185).” King was arrested many times for standing up for his beliefs. Dr. King was put in prison to silence him similar to the was that Mandela had been before him in South Africa. When King was in prison, he was afraid that his silence could weaken his movement. What agonized Martin the most was that the movement was denied any message of hope from its leader and that city officials could exploit his enforced silence (Lewis 185) King was imprisoned to silence his movement and to stop him from protesting with his followers, King thought that this movement was worth going to prison for. Martin Luther King Jr became an outlaw to stand up for his beliefs and to live the way that he believed was
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