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prison, Thoreau understood clearly what state power meant. He observed that the state is only uses physical strength to influence people. He clearly claims that he is not to be forced into what he should accept but opted to choose his own path (Thoreau). The link that exists in this case of civil disobedience and racism is that despite there beinglaws to protect people from racism, majority of those who think as being superior to others take racism as a norm. They practice it openly without fear of being punished by the law. According to Thoreau, the fact that the government exists might be to help some few individual in executingwhat they want to see happen. A specific case given by Thoreau is the war in Mexico where the government is used by some individuals like just a tool to fulfill their purpose. In his views, the same government that was used to set and safeguard the rights of its citizens is the same one in
InsertSurname 3the forefront of breaking the rules. If a person is of the opinion that racism is just, then they will practice it putting into consideration the concept put forward by Thoreau on civil disobedience. However, going by the same concept of civil disobedience, if a person’s conscience tells them that racism is wrong, the will then not practice it (Thoreau).In his essay, Thoreau urges people to rebel the government that to him is just a machine not putting effective measures to keep in control the evil to commits to its people. To him, a person should be able to stand by their principles and if necessary break the law to do what is right. A more clear indication that Thoreau puts forth the relation between civil disobedience and racism when he expresses his dislike for feeling or being treated in a superior way as compared to others. He believes that all humans are equal regardless of the race. An individual feeling superior over the other is a matter of choice and through civil disobedience, one can decide whether to feel superior to the other or consider themselves equal (Thoreau). Thoreau’s views on abolition were that by not supporting the government, abolition would come to an end. The best way he sees this possible is by failing to pay taxes that the government uses to implement abolition based strategies. As he explains his experience in Concord Jail, Thoreau sympathizes the way the state treats those in prison. They are not seen as humans but are taken to be like physical entities. As it is noted in this essay, Thoreau expresses the importance for a man to be lead by those with good morality (Thoreau). In his essay, Thoreau puts it clear that an individual has the ability to make judgment on what is right or wrong. He explains that individuals are the only ones who act unjustly as they are the only ones who act. As such, when it comes to racism, individuals are the ones who at their own will determine whether to or not to discriminate others. Thoreau advocates for the state

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