Martin Luther King Jr. was a role model for not only African-Americans, but also each white and non-white person on this planet. He preached that violent crimes should not be counteracted with other crimes. He said that we should commit to nonviolence, and peacefully protest our concerns. Because if do resort to such lowly crimes, how are we any better than the aggressors?
This principle of nonviolence to which he held so strongly during the civil rights movement is even more applicable during this time of unrest. The Dallas shootings that occurred on July 7th are unacceptably wrong. There are many ways to protest the police violence in our country but the killing of innocent police officers is not one of them. By doing this, we are committing crimes that are equal to or worse than the ones occurring during police brutality. We should instead look to work towards having white people respect black people, and black people respecting white people. But, committing to nonviolence does not mean there is nothing you can do. Our next post outlines different ways to help end police brutality in America.