African American Civil Rights Movement

1594 WordsDec 16, 20147 Pages
Is it ever legitimate to resort to violence in politics? Reference to black power movement in American Civil Rights Movement. Violence is a physical force intended to hurt someone. Politics is a platform where the wellbeing is thought for the citizens and in America the politics and laws have been placed in order for the betterment of the American citizens. In this essay I will unravel many factors arguing whether violence is legitimate or whether it is a mean that is necessary to a more equal nation mostly focusing on the American Civil Rights movement and the black power. The idea of non violence has stemmed off Gandhi in many forms. Gandhi once quoted “Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man” and he fulfilled what he said. During the struggles of the segregation period in America, many organisations tried to raise their voice and were suppressed under the strict segregation laws of America separating whites and blacks in very racial ways. A Southern African American Church (SAAC) played a central role in generating acceptance of non violence in southern afro American communities. The church was the basis of the movement conveying that religion should be given importance more than anything else; religious faith is what influenced the non violent approach of the oppressed. Whilst strict regimes were in place, organisations like this stood out in a unique way
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