I believe it is acceptable to break the law in order for change. Civil disobedience seems to be an occurring theme throughout American history. Rosa Parks’ powerful stance to not give up her seat for a white man on a bus led to a transformation of racial segregation. The Boston Tea Party where tea was being thrown into the harbor to express resistance to pay taxes on British tea. Both acts of civil disobedience sparked a change in American history. Civil disobedience is defined as the act of nonviolent resistance. I believe circumstances such as violence should not be used when showing acts of resistance to a law.

On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested for civil disobedience in Montgomery, Alabama. This act of civil disobedience sparked an eleven-month struggle to desegregate Montgomery’s buses, forever changing racial relations in America. Her arrest by local police brought a collective community response. Although she may have broken a law, she did not break her first amendment right established on December 15, 1791. Rosa Parks’ singular act of civil disobedience launched a civil rights movement that has made it to this day.

On December 16, 1773, in the Boston Harbor of Massachusetts, the Boston Tea Party was sparked. Colonists disguised as Mohawk Indians boarded three British tea ships and dumped 342 chests of tea into the harbor. This act derived from a protest against taxation. “No taxation without representation,” colonists preached. Colonists were made to pay taxes to England, but they had no representatives in Parliament. This act of civil disobedience led to a republic based upon liberty and justice.

The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Boston Tea Party are both examples of civil disobedience in American history. Evidence that Americans were willing to break the law in order to format a change. All in which were successful and used to this day. The significance of both events is in remembrance to American history. The nonviolent resistance of Rosa Parks and the colonists exhibits a powerful and meaningful act that can’t be ignored. I believe that it is acceptable to break laws in order to format change.




Rosa Parks Boards A Bus
American Civil Rights activist Rosa Parks (center, in dark coat and hat) waits to board a bus at the end of the Montgomery bus boycott, Montgomery, Alabama, December 26, 1956. (Photo by Don Cravens/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)