"Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him."
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Questions for Lesson Four
- Why was "forgiveness" and "inclusive peacemaking" the crucial underpinning of Martin Luther King's approach to confronting a racist society?
- Define and give an example of institutional racism. How might you be contributing to such an entity unknowingly?
- Do you believe affirmative action programs are justified? If so, why?
- Have you tried to become personally acquainted with and appreciative of people from ethnic and racial backgrounds different from your own? How did it change you?
- King assumed the basic oneness of humanity as a means of overcoming racism. How have you advanced this notion in your life?
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The Class of Nonviolence was developed by Colman McCarthy of the Center for Teaching Peace, 4501 Van Ness Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20016 202/537-1372