Rebellion. “An act of violent or open resistance to an established government or ruler,” according to Google. Over the past hundred years, rebellions have been held in order to stop laws. Many of these have resulted in being extremely violent, killing over thousands of people. Rebellions have been a very controversial topic for the past decades. A rebellion is justified when the government has too much control over people, it targets a minority group of people, and the people don’t have a voice/ government doesn’t listen.
Too much control. What is too much control? When Britain still had complete control over the colonists, they placed many laws and taxes over them. There were taxes on sugar, molasses, tea, paper, paint, etc. The King and Parliament also created the Quartering Act and
Stamp Act which allowed soldiers to stay in the homes of the colonists and forced them to pay taxes on newspapers, magazines, and legal documents, laws in which they had no say.
Eventually, the colonists refused to pay these taxes and started to rebel. During the Civil
Rights Movement, people of color were completely separated from the whites. This law created a mindset which made whites think they are superior to blacks; that they were of higher rank. This law controlled everyone’s beliefs toward people, which eventually lead to peaceful protests. The laws from both the American Revolution and Civil Rights Movement were created by very controlling governments.
A rebellion should be justified if it targets a specific group of people. The Whiskey
Rebellion started because of the tax on whiskey, hence the name. All alcoholic drinks were taxed but smaller manufacturers had to pay a higher amount compared to larger businesses
($0.09 and $0.06). Then in the Civil Rights Movement, all segregation laws were aimed towards the African Americans such as: attending different schools, drinking from separate fountains, eating at different restaurants, not being able to marry the other race, and the list goes on. Also, they lost the right to vote and freedom of speech … all because their skin was darker. These two forms of rebellion were aimed at a minority group of people.
The citizens having no voice in the government and/or the government not listening is the last reason a rebellion should be justified. This means that they don’t have a say in any future (or current) laws. During Shays’ Rebellion, farmers’ taxes were raised without them being able to tell their opinion, they were never asked for consent. Peaceful protests were later on used as a tactic in the Civil Rights Movement. People boycotted buses and performed sit ins at restaurants to protest and were often arrested for doing so. Although the government knew about these many protests, they ignored it instead of resolving it. These two rebellions has no consent over the laws.
Rebellions should only be justified if the government has too much power over the citizens, if it’s intended for particular people, and if the people don’t have any opinion on the
matter/ the government doesn’t listen to the people’s opinion. For example, the Civil Rights
Movement and American Revolution are prime examples of a justified rebellion. Both rebellions were started by an extremely controlling government that had many laws. These laws were specified for certain people and when the people tried to voice an opinion, the government turned it down.