Vanthaline Chea Chea 1
04 Dec. 2013
There are three ways that oppressed people deal with their oppression. First is acquiescence. Second way is that oppressed people resort physical violence and corroding hatred. However, the third way is the way that Martin Luther suggests us to follow the most. It is nonviolent resistance. It is the way that opens to oppressed people in their quest for freedom. Nonviolence resistance is the practice of achieving goal by protesting with nonviolent. Nonviolence resistance can happen in many situations especially the unpleasant ones and it always lead us to the better.
In 1955, Rosa Park, one of the African American ladies, had trouble keeping her seat on the bus. In Montgomery, Alabama, when a bus became full, the seats nearer the front were given to white passengers. It was against the law for her to refuse to give up her seat to a white man, and her subsequent arrest incited the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Martin Luther says that “Nonviolent resistance is not aimed against oppressors but against oppression” (Martin Luther, par. 10). In another word, the non-violent resister attacks the forces of evil, not the people who are engaged in injustice. Rosa Park did the right thing. She hates the injustice law and she showed them that she against it. Therefore, what Rosa Park did is a good model for other people at her time. It comes with the title for her story that “Standing up by sitting down.”
On the other hand, we are not only against the oppression. We all should learn to love the oppressors. “Through nonviolent resistance the Negro will be able to rise to the noble height of opposing the unjust system while loving the perpetrators of the system. The Negro must passionately and unrelentingly thrive for full stature as citizen, but he must not use inferior...