How Civil Disobedience Helps Overcome Oppression: Part 3
“The man behind the method”
We can’t move forward with our non-violent civil disobedience series without mentioning the man who inspired it.
Here’s the story of how Mahatma Gandhi used a principle called satyagraha (known as “non-violent resistance”) to become the first person to use this method to change political policy.
He first did it to protect Indian rights in South Africa in the late-1890s/early-1900s. He then used it to eventually liberate 100 million Indians from British rule in India in 1947.
(And yes, Gandhi did participate in the 1906 Zulu Rebellion in South Africa, which killed Blacks. Then a lawyer, Gandhi participated as part of the British Empire while there. He was a “stretcher-bearer” that treated wounded British soldiers. For Gandhi, that war was a turning point in how the British wanted to dominate at “all costs”, and his views on Black liberation evolved since then.)
Regardless, Gandhi’s “Satyagraha” non-violent method for liberation served as inspiration for future leaders, including Nelson Mandela (for a short while) and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who once said:
“Christ gave us the goals and Mahatma Gandhi the tactics.”
View Part 2 here.
**About this series:
We’re showing a multi-part series on how CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE has been the main catalyst that has overcome oppression in the U.S.
Throughout history, most of the major “civil disturbances” in America have stemmed from Black people peacefully fighting for equal rights, only for the oppressor to resist. This causes a disturbance that forces the powers that be to eventually enforce laws to finally move the country forward.
We’re showing this because we still have some MAJOR work do. Yes, slavery and segregation are legally over, but there’s still Police Brutality and the root cause of all oppression — the “keep-away of wealth” — to overcome. Reparations are the main solution to this.
There’s been major resistance to addressing police brutality and solving the wealth gap issue. Major legislation doesn’t get passed/enforced without PRESSURE from the oppressed.
History has shown this time-and-time again.
In all, Civil disobedience has been the real catalyst for change, and this video series reminds us how effective it can be.