Dissent Vs Dissent

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Throughout American history, race has been a continuous topic of great debate and controversy. Many individuals from a plethora of different backgrounds all endeavored to change the status quo by fighting for the freedom of African-Americans. Although many of these individuals efforts were did to see fruition immediately, overtime, their combined efforts and persistence were successful at bringing about change. A few specific instances of racial dissent worthy of analysis include an anonymous slave’s petition in 1777, the infamous John Brown, and arguable the most influential civil rights activist—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dissent against racial injustices went back and forth between gradual and immediate emancipation and equal rights throughout…show more content…
Martin Luther King Jr. adopted the method of nonviolent civil disobedience to obtain equal civil rights for African-Americans. This approach was highly effective in that it allowed the movement to remain in view of the public (i.e. by engaging in physical protest and disrupting various aspects of American society, such as sit-ins and boycotts, the movement maintained a prominent presence in public debate) as well as providing a moral high ground—through which sympathy could be generated for the cause. By using this method of dissent/protest, the movement was able to maintain support (by presenting itself as reasonable and disciplined movement), avoid being systematically extinguished—like left wing supporters during red scares—(by adhering to most laws; just laws), and ultimately generating enough sympathy and support to bring about societal…show more content…
Within the letter, King describes the four steps for conducting the movement’s nonviolent campaign. The first step was to collect relevant facts to determine if injustice(s) were present. The second was to pursue a diplomatic solution to resolve the issue. If the this failed, dissenters/protesters would be assembled and undergo a process of “self-purification”, which would ensure that they were disciplined enough to recognize the importance of maintaining peaceful protest in the face of violent repression. Once members were sufficiently “purified”, the fourth step of direct action was undertaken. By outlining his method of protest and dissent, King conveyed to those whom read this document that the civil rights movement was being conducted with reason, diligence, discipline, and moral integrity. It was because of these traits that the Civil Rights movement of the 50s and 60s emerged
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