How Does Civil Disobedience Impact Society

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Civil Disobedience is one using their freedom to express how they feel. How could it negatively impact a free society, when society is the thing that gave them the freedom to peacefully resist. It is only when the people’s reaction to peaceful resistance becomes violent does it begin to negatively impact a free society. When the Freedom Riders choose to peacefully protest by riding the buses, they made a statement. They did not want to fight with the hands, but rather with their actions. Even when the were met with cruel violence in Alabama, they continued to remain peaceful, and chose not strike back. This showed the world that peaceful resistance was possible, and it’s impact of society only depended on how people reacted to it. Peaceful resistance is not the problem. It is the violence that seems to follow it after. The government seems to turn a blind eye. Henry David Thoreau quotes in his famous paper “Civil Disobedience” claims, "But, to speak practically and as a citizen, unlike those who call themselves no-government men, I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government.” In order to for people to see that peaceful resistance is a positive thing, our government has to contain the violence that threatens them. People have to stop seeing the negative, in order for it to have a positive impact.
The march of Selma is one of the most noteable peaceful resistances. He did not do it because he wished for violence, but because there was great injustice happening and he could not sit by and watch it. From his letter in jail, he writes, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to Justice everywhere.” A fight would have gotten him nowhere. People would have simply focused on the violence and negativity he was bringing. Because he used a peaceful form of resistance, the world was able to focus on that. They reacted to the violence of the people against the movement, but they did so in a way that rallied

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