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Why do some people choose to rebel against rules and laws?

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People choose to rebel against rules and laws if their life is at stake, if they're pushed to do so, or if they're treated unequally. Rosa Parks didn't think it was fair that she should have to give her seat in the front of the bus to a white person. On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks refused to surrender her seat to a white man. She rebelled against the law because she didn't feel that a white person had more of a right to sit in the front of the bus than a Black person.

Sometimes, people rebel against rules because they're in a life-or-death situation. If the laws don't change, they'll likely be dead. Beginning in the late 1980s, the members of ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) rebelled against certain laws to draw attention to the fact that, at the time, there was little being done about the number of gay men, among other groups of people, dying from a horrible disease.

People can also rebel against laws because they're encouraged to do so by prominent leaders. One could argue that former President Donald Trump encouraged people to violently rebel against certain laws by continually claiming that the 2020 presidential election was fraudulent.

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