“Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
We all stand united against the hatred being pushed by neo-Nazi’s. Our troops fought to defeat the Nazi ideology, and our nation made massive sacrifices to defend freedom.
Those who are protesting peacefully on behalf of individual rights, freedom, and opposition to hate should be commended.
Unfortunately, many protests are now being hijacked by the violent Antifa group – who have attacked police, destroyed public property, and assaulted reporters. And far from opposing Nazi’s – which all of us support – Antifa has often directed attacks against people on the centre-left, centre, and centre-right.
That’s why – as violent protest seems to be increasing – it is essential to look at history and remember the lessons of Martin Luther King Jr.
MLK confronted an evil and hateful system that denied individual rights and brutally judged people based on their racial identity.
In confronting that system, he repeatedly spoke out against violence – and was often opposed by more militant Antifa-style protest groups of the time.
And yet, his repeated insistence on non-violence, and his message focused on the common dreams, common interests, and common hopes that unite people of all races, faiths, and backgrounds, proved far more powerful than any violent protest ever did.
If we take the path of violence, we would only feed into the hateful ideology of neo-Nazi’s, and bring chaos and destruction to our society.
Instead, we must remember the words, actions, and lessons of Martin Luther King Jr., and affirm a message of hope, love, and non-violence in our society.
“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral; begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King Jr.