King Nonviolent Movement Analysis

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King believed that nonviolent direct action was the best, purest means to achieve justice. This takes place when a group peacefully draws public attention to a social issue. At the core of Dr. King’s fight for civil rights was love for his enemy, so he patiently suffered abuse at the hands of his oppressors without lashing back with any form of violent action. He proved that nonviolent, direct action is the most favorable course to social and political change. While this is most easily applied to politics, it is also applicable in many other aspects of social life. For example, it can be effective in interpersonal relationships, religious reformation, the feminist movement, cultural relativism movements, and environmental campaigns. Dr. King explained that there are four steps essential to a nonviolent movement: “…collection of the facts to determine whether injustices exist; negotiation; self punctuation; and direct action.” These steps proved …show more content…
I agree with King that law and order exist to establish justice. Laws do this by ensuring that criminals are punished and that victims and their families are assured that they can be at peace. Ideally, laws should protect the weak from the more powerful majority. This is not always the case, however; because the legal justice system is a human creation, it is subject to corruption. In this instances the laws do the opposite of what they are meant to do, and they permit injustice. One way that I have noticed the justice system failing in the United States is in cases of sexual assault. It is widely known that the majority of rapes go unsolved, with Newshub reporting an arrest rate of about 25 percent. For most rape victims, law and order fail to establish justice and bring peace. This is due in part to the difficult nature of proving sexual assault, the shame involved in victim testimony, and corruption in the criminal justice system. In these cases the justice system fails the very people it is sworn to

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