Compare And Contrast Robert Williams

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“I advocated violent self-defense because I don’t really think you can have a defense against violent racists and against terrorists unless you are prepared to meet violence with violence, and my policy was to meet violence with violence” (Negros with Guns). These are the words that Robert Williams often advocated. This is the main thing that differentiated Martin Luther King Jr., and Robert Williams. Robert Williams felt that violence was the only answer, where Martin Luther felt that there were other ways other than violence. That’s a main reason why King was more popular than Williams. Everyone loves the more peaceful route when dealing with issues. “Rural southerners, black and white, grew up in a world were differences were often settled …show more content…
One major difference was that white people had more opportunities than the black people. White people had the opportunity to leave urban cities in order to go live in suburbs. They had the money and resources that black people unfortunately didn’t have. Black people had to continue to live in the urban areas even when white people would take all the economic resources with them to the suburbs. This left the black community to continue to live in slums because they didn’t have the ability to create a better living environment. They received a lot of discrimination based on housing. Whites that were still in the communities would demand that blacks to not be allowed to live in their communities. This was a huge disadvantage that the black community had in regard to the white community. Another main aspect that differentiated the blacks and whites was the idea of weapons. The white community were able to be armed and attack blacks. However, it was very discouraged when blacks would carry weapons. An Indian tribe group known as the Lumbees also faced discrimination. This was a group that weren’t white, but also weren’t black, so they were basically known “as the rest”. “In a society that had denied manly prerogatives to black men for centuries, the Lumbees sought to become not just men but white men, in a symbolic sense. More to the point, they had to become not black” (Tyson 140). …show more content…
There were two sides of the black movement, and they were non-violent divisions and violent tactics. During the civil rights movement many people look back and agree with what King did because he took a peaceful approach. However, the side of Williams showed a more violent approach. This is because blacks were fed up with being pushed around. Without this dynamic during the black movement we wouldn’t fully understand the severity of the mistreatment African Americans had to deal with. This approach uplifted the attitudes of the African Americans because they finally felt like they had power. The best way to fully understand what it was like during this time is to discuss the effect the freedom riders had during the life of Williams, the major differences between white and blacks during this time, and the kissing case. Williams tested white supremacist that were against him. However, even though Williams’s ideas were controversial he was able to promote the idea that blacks and whites are all the same and came from the same place, therefore they should be treated equally. The measures that Williams took were necessary in order for African Americans to fully gain the freedom they desperately

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