Is Nonviolence Always the Right Response?

Racialicious editor Latoya Peterson reflects on the difficulties of embracing Martin Luther King Jr.'s message of nonviolence in the face of violence itself. 

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Racialicious editor Latoya Peterson contemplates Dr. Martin Luther King’s message of nonviolence when confronted with violence. There are no easy answers, she decides. 

Going to the MLK memorial dedications gave me quite a bit to think about. I struggled, a lot, with Dr. King’s messages of non violence growing up, and I am working on a piece about these different schools of thought and how they influence us. I was grateful to Xernona Clayton, for being so candid about her struggle with accepting nonviolence while studying with Dr. King, because she articulated so much of what I felt.

So imagine my surprise this morning, while checking my feeds, to see this piece from Kenyon Farrow, titled "In Defense of Brontez -- and the Rest of Us Too Proud or Too Trashy to Go Down Without a Fight." In it, Farrow describes a situation where a friend of his was subjected to homophobic comments, and what happened after the situation escalated ...

Farrow is hitting the nail on the head here, and I'll take it a step further -- sometimes, walking away or taking the high road reinforces to that person that their behavior is permissible ...

Read Latoya Peterson's entire post at Racialicious.

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Latoya Peterson is a hip-hop feminist and the editrix of Racialicious.com.

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