An unchangeable and memorable event happened on December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama. An old black seamstress, Rosa Parks, boarded a bus. When the bus became crowded, a white man asked for her seat. By law Rosa was suppose to give this man her seat, she replied with “no”. The white bus driver threatened to call police if she did not move, she then replied “you may do so,” and was arrested. We are taught from a young age that Rosa was brave and did the right thing breaking the law; but was it really the right thing to do? Nelson Mandela, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Susan B. Anthony; all of these people broke the law and went to jail in order to get a better outcome. They all went in knowing that they were going to be arrested. These circumstances sometimes have to exist. If they didn’t do what they did, this would be a whole different world. Also, these names would mean nothing.   

These people breaking the laws created alliances and followers to help make their stance stronger. Rosa Parks getting arrested resulted in many outcomes and alliances. After what she did, many blacks stayed off buses and carpooled in taxis. It also gave this group the confidence they needed to boycott and sit in white diners. They fought for equality and in order to get the attention and support they needed, they broke the law. This has a greater outcome today, with whites and blacks being equal. Without breaking the law, we would still have segregation.

I believe that in order for a major change to happen, we may need to break some laws. Many people use petitions and other things that just get over looked. Also, in order for a petition to be looked at, it needs hundreds of thousands of names. Nothing really changes from a petition right away. With breaking the law, people start to watch and now a days take their phones out and record. This is what a protester wants. They want people to stop and watch, create alliances and make their force stronger. When people see someone being arrested for protesting, the people get on the side they believe in, which most of the time is the protester. In order to make a change in the world we live in today, you have to go all out to be heard. We won’t be heard with a small petition; but a sentence in jail, that is what’s going to be looked at.


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