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Unformatted text preview: the destruction and death that violent resistance caused. VIOLENCE WORKS ONLY IN THE SHORT TERM; IT CANNOT BRING PERMANENT PEACE The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Junior, in the speech "THE MEANING OF NON-VIOLENCE." There is a second way that oppressed people can deal with their oppression and that is to rise up with the violence and corroding hatred. Now of course we know about this method. We know about violence and I am not here to say that violence has never worked. One who studies history soon discovers that nations have often received their independence through violence. Violence has often brought about momentary victories, it can never bring about permanent peace and it ends up creating many more social problems. Violence in the long run in the struggle for racial justice in both impractical and immoral. it is impractical for many reasons, and I think one of the best reasons is that so many of our opponents would love us to start a violent revolution; they would use this an excuse to kill many innocent people under the pretense that they are inciting a riot. SLHS Value File VIOLENCE IS IMPRACTICAL, IMMORAL, AND WRONG The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Junior, in the speech "THE MEANING OF NON-VIOLENCE." I remember in Birmingham, Alabama, that "Bull" Connor (Commissioner of Public Safety) was always happy when somebody on the sideline from the Negro Community threw rocks but he was always unhappy when we remained nonviolent. He knows how to deal with violence, but he does not know how to handle nonviolence. And violence is impractical because the old eye for an eye philosophy ends up leaving everybody blind. This method is wrong. This method is immoral. It is immoral because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for everybody. It is wrong because it seeks to annihilate the opponent rather than convert him. It is wrong because it leaves society in monologue rather than dialogue. So I am still convinced, in spite of the tragedies that we faced in our...
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