Civil Rights – Non-Violence protests

The 1960’s was known for the Civil Rights movement as the rights of all blacks in America protested to be equally and fairly treated as whites.  Although the practice of slavery had been outlawed since the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 by Abraham Lincoln, blacks had been continued to be treated as second class citizens for nearly 100 years after.  But the practice of protest movement in the 1960’s had been one of non-violence.  From the Montgomery boycotts, Rosa Parks in her refusal to move to the back of the bus, and the speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. regarding race equality were all supported by the power of non-violence protests.  The protest model in which the great civil rights leader of the Indian independence movement, Mahatma Gandhi had believed.  In contrast, protests today commonly involve scenes of rioters, looting homes and community businesses, destroying private property, burning cars and signs, tormenting and even killing innocent by standers, and the screaming and angry rage against law enforcement all characterize the protesters of 21st generation.  If the true pioneers of civil rights leaders of the 1960’s were alive to see today’s generation of uncivil and barbaric protesters, I wonder how ashamed and disappointed they would be.


One thought on “Civil Rights – Non-Violence protests

  1. I appreciated this article only because it concluded to all the hard work that Civil Rights Activists labored to fullfil the Martin Luther King “I have a dream” speech. This was quite interesting to raise the thought of the contemporary Activist’s and what could be their motive behind the New Civil rights Activist’s agenda? Just saying…. very interesting….


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