Braking The Law; Would You

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Breaking the Law, Would You? Would you ever break the law to follow through on what you believe in? Many people in the past have done just that. People like Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman and Martin Luther King jr. have all broke the law to change the many evil faces of what this country was doing wrong in the past. When they broke the law back in the day of when they were fighting to get the law changed what they were doing was wrong. But as to come to find out today, they are considered heroes of America. Many people thought what they did were very wrong. In my mind if I wanted something that was for the better of our country, and breaking the law was the only was to change it, I would have done it. There are many reasons people like Rosa Parks and Dr.

king did what they did.

First, Rosa Parks was a woman with much character in her-self. Rosa Parks lived in the time of when African-Americans were treated very unfairly and uncivilized. There was a law back in the time of the 50's and 60's. The law was that no black person is able to ride in the front of the bus, only in the back. What Rosa Parks did was truly amazing. She went and got on the bus and sat in the front of the bus because her feet were tired. Because Rosa Parks did this she went to jail for refusing to give up her seat. Because of the charge Rosa Parks took of taken a seat in the front of the bus, that caused the bus boy-cot. After a year or so of not riding the bus, blacks finally got their freedom to ride in front of the bus. That's why I would have broken the law with her.

Secondly, there was another person who took charge of how blacks were treated. His name was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King was a black leader in the 60's. He made many great speeches and testimonies back in his day. Dr. King broke the law by marching many miles protesting on the issue that blacks couldn't be treated fairly. Though Dr. King went to jail for the stuff he did for blacks, he still made a difference on the minds of everyone else.

Though people like Rosa Parks and Dr. King were considered heroes in my eyes, since I would have done the same, there are still people in this world who don't believe they are heroes. Many of the people that don't like either of these two true American heroes, are people like the skinheads and especially, the Ku Klux Klan. A lot of the people in these groups don't fell they were heroes because they believe that this country was based or established for the white man to run and control. Another reason is they believe that blacks are too different and will mess things up for the country. In my eyes, the people in these two terrible groups are just selfish and ignorant in all that they do.

In conclusion, heroes are the ones that do great stuff to save something in any way, and Rosa Parks and Dr. King did just that. A man by the name of Benjamin Franklin once said, " All men are created equal," now that wasn't true until these two fine Americans took a stand for the rights for blacks. Now that is the reason I would break the law or let it be permissible to break it in order to fight for your rights.