Non-violence? Hmm. There is no such thing as peaceful protest. It is a myth to put you off your game. Gandhi did not believe in non-violent protest, but in continued pressure in the face of violence. He also supported and revered Indian independence activists who undertook violent means against the British and their puppets. Reverend King was moving more towards the positions of Malcolm X at the end of his life. There is only protest. The authorities decide by the level of oppression and failure to hear the people whether protest is violent or not. The duty of the activist is not to retreat from injustice. That equals standing your ground. The oppressors decide on the pressure they determine will move the activist standing against justice and equality. “Peaceful” protests are parades, and parades are for children and clowns.

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