Reading 802 Fall 11 Stop violence paper

A writing passage where he promotes will power and

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, a writing passage where he promotes will power and sacrifice of superficial things and habits in order to become purified achieve the ultimate success. Urging India that the only way to rise above fear, violence and submission to the Europeans, he poses the question “Will India rise out of her slavery without fulfilling this eternal law of purification through suffering?”(Gandhi 451). He also tells his people that if they want to see a 3
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Rivers change, they have to be the change. “Why should we expect to write our history differently? Is it possible for us, if we would, to learn from the mistakes of our predecessors to do better, but it is impossible to do away with the law of suffering which is the one indispensable condition of our being?” (Gandhi 451) The same suffering can be seen later on in history in the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955 in which blacks who were denied the privilege to sit in the front of public transportation boycotted the bus system as well as the local shops and market places for nearly one year until they were given the right to sit anywhere they wanted to. Their peaceful suffering showed their oppressors that they were not afraid to take a stand. In the Doctrine of the Sword I and II, Gandhi further supports the law of suffering and peace saying that “Nonviolence in its dynamic condition means conscious suffering. It does not mean meek submission to the will of the evil-doer, but it means the pitting of one’s soul against the will of the tyrant. Working under this law of our being, it is possible for a single individual to defy the whole might of an unjust empire to save his honor, his religion, his soul and lay the foundation for that empire’s fall of its regeneration.”(Gandhi 455) Through these writings and teachings as doing things such as giving stirring speeches that encouraged civil rights to the people of his country Mohandas Gandhi empowered his nation of India to become unified and overthrow the British rule successfully through nonviolence. While Gandhi was doing his work in India in the 30s, a young African American man was born in the United States. Being brought up the rural south where racial tension was ever present between blacks and whites and segregation was the way of life, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. studied the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi. Through studying how Gandhi faced the oppression of the British and won through nonviolence King became inspired to use the blueprint that Gandhi left behind as a tool to gain 4
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Rivers equality for African Americans as well as unity amongst other races in the United States just as Gandhi had done in India. Through theological studies and the backing of his congregation as well as others who were in favor of the integration of blacks and whites, Dr. King grew to become the leader of the civil rights movement in America during the late 50s and early 60s. In that time he led many nonviolent protests, marches and demonstrations, one of which he was jailed for. This particular demonstration which took
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