It is also more likely to create a constructive rather than a destructive outcome, it is a process of conflict resolution that may aim to arrive at the truth of a given situation rather than simple victory for one side and it is the only technique of struggle that is consistent with the teachings of the major religions (Weber and Burrowes, n.d.).
Nonviolent action is a method by which people who reject passivity and submission, and who see struggle as necessary, can have their conflict without violence. Nonviolent acts are not seen as an attempt to steer clear of or ignore conflict. They are one reaction to the problem of how to act effectively in politics, particularly how to wield powers effectively. It consists of acts of protest and persuasion, noncooperation and nonviolent intervention designed to undermine the sources of power of the opponent in order to bring about change (Weber and Burrowes, n.d.).
Martin Luther King Jr. knew that there was too much violence in the world and worked very hard to settle the race issues in this country in a non-violent way. He used his mind and his tremendous gift of language to break down the barriers that existed between the whites and the blacks.
He knew that fighting back in a violent way would do nothing more than heighten the situation to a greater and more violent level. There was a great injustice being carried out across the country and the last thing that he wanted to do was add to it. He believed that with a lot of hard work and some common sense that the issue would eventually be righted.
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