Civil disobedience is an important part of human culture that has served as a form of protest for centuries. The civil rights protests throughout the sixties used nonviolent civil disobedience to effectively change policy. Rosa Parks, for example, by refusing to sit in the back of the bus, made known the segregation issue to the masses. All in all, civil disobedience of “neutral laws” is an effective method of protesting and might even change the world into a better place.
First of all, one thing that you must eradicate from your psyche is the fear of being arrested. If you make a stand against an unjust law it is your human right to stand up against it in protest. By eliminating fear, when you get threatened by the police, you will stand in solidarity with the movement and persevere. If problems come up while committing civil disobedience, always remember that nonviolent protesting is the answer.
Next, when you are committing civil disobedience always remember to respect other people’s rights and property. The reason behind this is: A riot may be incited, a negative image of the protest will be shown on the news for the rest of the populace to examine, and your movement might possibly be discredited. Calm, peaceful protests always win out in the end.
There will come a time when your rights are being unjustly infringed upon. By protesting, via Civil disobedience, a message will be sent to the population and most importantly the politicians. Politicians view the world as black and white; voters and non-voters. If they see that a major chunk of the voting population is disobeying an unjust law, they will be motivated to change it. It takes bravery, partnership, and solidarity for this form of protest to work. Along with performing civil disobedience, informing the population should be a top-priority.
Committing the act of civil disobedience isn’t hard itself, its dealing with the effects afterwords that becomes an issue. By eliminating fear from your mind, protesting “neutral” laws will become effortless. It’s what is achieved in the end that matters, no matter the trials or tribulations that lie ahead.
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