Essay 4

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From Malcolm X actions towards segregation to Osama Bin Laden’s attack on September 11th, violence has been the way to resolve conflict. Violence seemed to be the way to advocate to others how feelings are directed towards a situation or show how far a person will go to prove their point. Non-violent leaders like Booker T. Washington and Geoffrey Canada believed that violence wasn’t the way to go about settling differences. The peaceful resistance advocated by both Washington and Canada is a viable solution because it would result in an increased number of leaders, a unified community, and alter the behavior of children. Seeing the work of great leaders help to aspire ordinary people to take charge and become leaders in their own communities. “We’re going to have to change things so that they can play in peace and not worry about dying on the street” (Canada 175). When negative things happen, it seems easier to fight fire with fire but as a result of this the violence is never ending and a common ground is not found. As a leader you see the problem, evaluate, and think of the negative and positive solutions. For Canada, as a result of his wife’s nephew’s death he knew that something had to be done. Going out to find the person who killed his nephew wouldn’t make the situation better, but create more incidents just like the previous one. But thinking of non-violent ways to keep the streets safe for children and their families would be the best solution. Having a good leader in the community could help bring everyone together and create a unified community. Furthermore, a community can have a huge impact on what takes place in a particular area. How the children interact with one another, how they respond to certain situations, and the involvement in certain activities that take place in the area. “And those of us in America’s ghettos- the poor, the powerless,

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