Thoughts on Fighting Violence With Violence

Thoughts on Fighting Violence With Violence

Over the past few months we’ve all seen part of the ugly underbelly of the our country in the form of white supremacists, economic nationalists, and those that would defend them. At the same time, we have seen frustration and anger on the side of good, fighting against this evil.

There have always been groups that have preyed on the baser instincts of humanity to advance their political and ideological agendas. Fear and frustration are powerful emotions that can drive people into groupthink that compromises their basic values and morals, this we know. As the radical racist groups have become emboldened by our current president’s lack of condemnation, so have groups that claim to combat these racist and fascist stains on the fabric of our country.
In an attempt to support those claiming to fight these evils, some democratic party leaders have endorsed their tactics and ideology. Over the past few weeks, the number of people advocating violence against violence has skyrocketed.

From the mouth of MLK Jr.

“Let me say as I’ve always said, and I will always continue to say, that riots are socially destructive and self-defeating. I’m still convinced that nonviolence is the most potent weapon available to oppressed people in their struggle for freedom and justice. I feel that violence will only create more social problems than they will solve. That in a real sense it is impracticable for the Negro to even think of mounting a violent revolution in the United States. So I will continue to condemn riots, and continue to say to my brothers and sisters that this is not the way. And continue to affirm that there is another way.”

We cannot be Defenders of Democracy through mob rule.

As leaders in the democratic party, we should be working for peaceful solutions to our issues, not emboldening those that would go outside the law as a shortcut to social justice.

I leave you with a more contemporary quote: “Darkness cannot cast out darkness. You need a light for that. Fear cannot cast out fear. You’re gonna need hope for that… death warrants more death. But I believe life wants more life and I’m convinced that the greatest weapon we’ve got is LOVE! And maybe, in a world full of fighters, in a world imploding with hate, maybe to be a lover, you gotta be a fighter. Maybe that’s the biggest fight, the only fight worth fighting, the fight you’re gonna be in for the rest of your life.” – Jon Foreman

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