Three Ways of Oppression

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Three Ways of Meeting Oppression In “Three Ways of Meeting Oppression” Martin Luther King Jr., believes that there are three ways to deal with oppression. He first states acquiescence, which means that that people resign themselves to their own doom. The second is by resorting to physical violence and hatred. Third way is a nonviolent resistance. Which I believe King thinks that this way is the only way to deal with Oppression. In Kings first way of meeting oppression, “acquiescence”, King states that “To accept passively an unjust system is to cooperate with that system: thereby the oppressed become as evil as the oppressor.” I agree with King, I also believe that by not standing up for your rights you are letting yourself down, it portrays that you are accepting the way you are being treated. In Kings example, of the Atlanta Negro guitarist, who used to sing almost daily: “Ben down so long that down don’t bother me.” It shows the negative aspect of passiveness. So it seems, that acquiescence may be the easiest way, it is not the right way to deal with oppression. For Kings second way of oppressed people dealing with oppression, is to resort to violence and hatred. As he states “Violence often brings about momentary results. Nations have frequently won their independence in battle. Nations have frequently won their independence in battle. But in spite of temporary victories, violence never brings permanent peace.” Violence only causes bitterness and hatred, I believe our society cannot survive this. I have never been one to use violence to get my point across it seems useless and morally wrong to me. Violence gets you nowhere. I do know some people that that is their only way to deal with problems and that seems to get them nothing positive. I believe King is right when he states “An eye for an eye leaves everyone blind”. The Third way is “the way of

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