Martin Luther King Jr.
Throughout history, we learn from a number of great leaders and historic figures that there is a number of ways to deal with oppression. Oppression is most commonly known as an extended state of unkind and unfair treatment, or being subjected to this kind of treatment for a prolonged amount of time. For the sake of this essay, I would like to focus on a very important and influential figure in history, Martin Luther King Jr. One of the most important lessons that we can learn from Martin Luther King Jr. is that there are three main and effective ways of dealing with oppression; acquiescence, physical violence and nonviolent resistance.
Acquiescence can be defined as agreement without protest. When discussing how to deal with oppression, acquiescence is usually when the oppressed person surrenders to their fate or doom. To clarify this point, I would like to highlight a point in history where I feel this was the case at the time. Under the ruler ship of Saddam Hussein, Iraq was probably one of the greatest examples of an oppressed country. For over thirty years, Saddam oppressed the Iraqi citizens and was one of the most ruthless and remorseless rulers in history. He had statues of himself guarding the entrance to every city and overlooking every government building. He engaged in numerous killing sprees of Iraqi citizens, both innocent and guilty of any wrongdoing. The Iraqi citizens were truly helpless under his ruling, too afraid to speak up or react because of the brutal price they would have to pay for it. It wasn’t until he was captured on December 13th 2003, by American forces that his country found their long overdue peace and relief. I personally believe that acquiescence is a weak method of dealing with oppression and it makes matters worse, rather than better. It gives the oppressor more incentive to continue and in some cases worsen their cruel treatment of people, since people generally do not retaliate or fight back....
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