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  •  Look, what you are saying is not true. (0+ / 0-)

    There were militant and armed black groups, but they were rejected by the mainstream civil rights activists. They were not used to protect anyone, in fact, the leaders of the movement viewed them as more of a hindrance to forwarding their goals.

    Peaceful, non-violent, movements have been successful where attempts at violence have failed. To try to suggest MLK or Ghandi were successful because of the threat of violence is rewriting history to support your point of view.

    Look at Israel--two sides that seek violent solutions, and the violence just keeps getting worse and worse. The strong armed tactics of the well-armed and trained Israeli military have not protected the public overall.

    If you want to believe that if everyone was armed to the teeth, we would all be much safer, then we really just have to agree to disagree.

    Because some people understand only force.

    That would be the boogeyman

    "... the Professional Left, that is simultaneously totally irrelevant and ruining everything" (Glenn Greenwald)

    by ranger995 on Tue Jan 11, 2011 at 10:55:33 AM PST

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    •  Uhm , it's not a bogeyman if it's true. (4+ / 0-)


      The Deacons for Defense and Justice is an armed self defense African American civil rights organization in the U.S. Southern states during the 1960s. Historically, the organization practiced self-defense methods in the face of racist oppression that was carried out by Jim Crow Laws; local and state agencies; and the Ku Klux Klan. Many times the Deacons are not written about or cited when speaking of the Civil Rights Movement because their agenda of self-defense, in this case, using violence (if necessary) did not fit the image of strict non-violence agenda that leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preached about the Civil Rights Movement. Yet, there has been a recent debate over the crucial role the Deacons and other lesser known militant organizations played on local levels throughout much of the rural South. Many times in these areas the Federal government did not always have complete control over to enforce such laws like the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or Voting Rights Act of 1965.

      Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was no stranger to the idea of self-defense. According to Annelieke Dirks, “Even Martin Luther King Jr.—the icon of nonviolence—employed armed bodyguards and had guns in his house during the early stages of the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1956. Glenn Smiley, an organizer of the strictly nonviolent and pacifist Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), observed during a house visit that the police did not allow King a weapon permit, but that ‘the place is an arsenal.’”[3] Efforts from those like Smiley convinced Dr. King that any sort of weapons or “self-defense” could not be associated with someone like him in the position that he held. Dr. King agreed.

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      by KVoimakas on Tue Jan 11, 2011 at 10:59:33 AM PST

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