Uncivil Obedience: 9 important quotes on action

By Minhaz

I have learned that the ability to go out and publicly demand immigration reform is not a sign of entitlement; it’s a sign of confidence. It’s shown many that being undocumented is not a personal matter of shame. To be undocumented is the embodiment of moral justice over xenophobia.

This quote is a freebie

A common theme I’ve come across, both from residents and other DREAMers is the idea that civil disobedience sends the wrong message about who we are. It confirms stereotypes about our brutish disregard for the law. It epitomizes all the negative things we try so hard to barricade ourselves against. It can be misconstrued or intentionally misrepresented to make us look bad in a political atmosphere where we need to kiss as much ass as possible. These quotes are my responses to that.

Below are a collection of quotes on the issues of protests and civil disobedience.

9. “Colorful demonstrations and weekend marches are vital but alone are not powerful enough to stop wars. Wars will be stopped only when soldiers refuse to fight, when workers refuse to load weapons onto ships and aircraft, when people boycott the economic outposts of Empire that are strung across the globe. ”
– Arundhati Roy

8. “If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law”
– Henry David Thoreau

7. “A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.”
– Thomas Paine

6. “Non-violent resistance is not aimed against oppressors but against oppression.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr

5. “I must confess that over the last few years I have been gravely disappointed by the white moderate, I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block is not the White Citizen’s Council-er or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to ‘order’ than to justice, who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice, who constantly says ‘I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can’t agree with your methods of direct action,’ who paternalistically believes that he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr

4. “Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it.”
– Howard Zinn

3. “An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

2. “A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.” 
– Mahatma Gandhi

1. “Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is force to confront the issue. It seeks so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr

 

Minhaz is the creator of Undocublog. He likes to write nonsensical bullshit and watch sappy movies. He also likes to gamble.

 

Love us on Facebook

Leave A Comment