Posted 7 months ago on May 30, 2020, 8:12 p.m. EST by elf3
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When protest turns violent it undercuts the cause. Dr. King fought for the disenfranchised - whatever ethnicity - including white people. He recognized the system was the problem and understood to fight that system was to take on something that required the support of the entire nation. He spoke about God and compassion. In his eloquence he implored people to look inside their hearts and do the right thing. He did not give them what they expected - which was to turn into the violent creatures that would exactly feed the fear of those who sought to oppress. He instead reflected to them - their own hate and inhumanity which forced people to decide - who am I? Am I a person who stands as a participant or bystander to cruelty? To trigger more fear with violence is to close the window to change. Violence is going to induce fear and fear induces hate and induces further oppressions. This is not to say we must have acceptance of inhuman behavior - it is to say we must never sink down to the level of those who lack compassion. The fight can only be won by example.