The Ways of Meeting Oppression

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“The Ways of Meeting Oppression” Doctor Martin Luther King, the powerful leader of the black civil rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s, writes about oppression in his book Stride Toward Freedom. In the section, “The Ways of Meeting Oppression,” he points out three characteristic ways of how the oppressed respond to their oppression. According to King, the first method of dealing with oppression is to accept passively an unjust system. He believes in this way oppressed people cooperate with the tyrant system, and allow the oppressor to increase their arrogance and contempt. So, oppressed people can not win the respect of oppressor. He believes in this way the oppressed become as evil as the oppressor because acquiescence is the easier way to encounter oppression, also it is not the moral way. In Dr. King’s opinion, the second way is resorting to physical violence and corroding hatred. He believes violence not only brings impermanent results, but also is impractical and immoral. According to King, it is impractical because it slows the process of ending the oppression for all, and it is immoral because it seeks humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding. So, violence destroys community and brotherhood by planting hatred rather than love. The third way based on King is nonviolent resistance. He believes in this way no individual or group need give in to any wrong, nor need anyone resort to violence in order to right a wrong. According to king, this is the method that oppressed people must follow to win against the unjust system while loving the perpetrators of the system. In this way oppressed can remain and struggle for their rights. He believes, nonviolent resistance is not a struggle between people at all, but the tension between justice and injustice, and it is not aimed against oppressors but against
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