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    proach was the overwhelming numbers and power of the white majority and the power structure.

    As people said, maybe it's from Gandhi, once you become violent, you put the machine into its area of greatest comfort and expertise. They know exactly how to handle you when you're violent. But be peaceful, nonviolent, respectful, and you push the machine far out of its element. It doesn't know how to deal with dignified moral protest.

    People were still being lynched, shot and beaten to death in these times. 2 years after Lewis was beaten at the bus station, the church bombing in Birmingham 3 weeks after the March on Washington "Dream" speech killed several little girls, and the next summer the 3 northern voter registration activists were murdered in Philadelphia, Mississippi. The dragging of waterways in search of their bodies unearthed numbers of unanticipated dead Blacks.

    I heard in those days many times that nonviolence was the only chance Blacks had, much of the civil rights leadership believed.

    Thanks for the diary; I had not known of Lewis meeting this man.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 05:56:57 PM PST

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