Equality has been a right that African American has been fighting for over the years.
To stay non-violence is never easy. “Anger is the enemy of non-violence and pride is a monster that swallows it up.” Mahatma Gandhi. The grievance from being discrinated must never been good to African American. It is hard to control our anger, especially when someone hurt you when you have did nothing wrong.
We should attack the system itself but not the individuals that were involved in the system. By remaining non-violent, the focus and aim in a movement can stay focus and clear. The southern civil rights movement illustrated a great success of the use of non-violence resistance in a movement. In the southern civil rights movement, what the African Americans wanted to attack was the unfair and injustice segregation law and also segregated society but not the Americans who were in the system. If they turn it into violent, they would have attacted the white people but not the law itself. Then the Americans would only continue to grow hatred on them without seeing and regenizing the problem and injusticeness in the segreagation law and system in the society.
Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. It is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all. The old law of an eye for an eye leaves everybody blind. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding; it seeks to annihilate rather than to convert. Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. It destroys community and makes brotherhood impossible. It leaves society in monologue rather than dialogue. Violence ends by defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers.
The power of non-violent is incredibly strong. The Afican Americans used the Mongramery Boycott, they walked insteateed of taking buses. This non-violent act directly affected the ecnomy and yet the society. It becomes a great force in the society that the white could not ignore. It becomes a great force forcing the white to make a change.
Believing in the power go faith in God. The power of religious idea is strong and powerful. A strong religious belief could strongly bond people together, which is a great help leading to the success in a movement.
The problem will never end if use violence. Peace could never be achieved by violence. It can only be obtained through understanding.
Violence is a weapon of the strong.
Courtney from Study Moose