Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

1626 Words Nov 10th, 2016 7 Pages
Protesting is one of the many ways to get someone to listen to you, it helps a group of people to easily voice their opinion when they feel something is not right. Protests can either be effective or ineffective based on the way they’re handled. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an advocate for a type of protesting that called for patience and steadfastness over anger and violence. There are many others that have used nonviolence to promote their ideology, such as Henry David Thoreau, Mohandas Gandhi, and Rosa Parks. All their protests worked because they could create sentiment from their argument using nonviolent means. The nonviolent protests used by Dr. King would be effective in these times because they create sentiment, enhance legitimacy and they also show a level of education and maturity from the movement. Nonviolent campaigns work very well because trying to repress a nonviolent protest can look like bullying to someone who has no stance on the issue. This was very evident in the civil rights movement when there would be policeman and firefighters attacking and injuring nonviolent protestors. Not only odes seeing that affect those on the outside but it also effects those who were in support of the group that is trying to quell the nonviolent protest. Mary J. Stephan writes that “repressing nonviolent campaigns may back fire. In backfire, an unjust act—often violent repression—recoils against its originators, often resulting in the breakdown of obedience among regime…

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