‘Conflict can both divide and unite the people who encounter it.’
Conflict is an inherent part of the human condition; causing polarization of populations depending on one’s beliefs, however conflict can also unite by the action of a pacifist movement from either party. Conflict has gradation of severity, varying from personal disputes, to the potential of another world war, caused by the relentless terrorism. Martin Luther King Jr, is a prime example, when a population unites due to persuasion against prejudice, however in the example of radicalised Muslims, it has the effect of worldwide fear and insecurity, due to the stereotypical Muslim terrorist. In this case, every terrorist is a Muslim, but not every Muslim is a terrorist, and our struggle is to comprehend the difference. Immigrating to Australia was my own personal conflict, in which I experienced the good side and the bad side conflict brings. Martin Luther King, a hero to today’s society, a man who fought heart and soul for equal rights for the African-American people, endeavouring to unite in the process.
Martin Luther King Jr, a man brought up with a background of the Civil Rights Movement, became the prime instigator of the fight for equality of the Afro-American people. He studied to become a pastor at Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania, where he became acquainted with the ‘non-violent’ actions and attitude of Mahatma Ghandi, which he strove to emulate. The Montgomery Bus incident featuring Rosa Parkes, and her refusal to relinquish her seat to a white man was the trigger point towards King’s urge to lead his race towards equality. At this point in time, the Southern States of US was divided, between black and white. King was elected president of Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), an organisation representing the black churches of the South, committing to the use of non-violence and following the motto "Not one hair of one head of one person should be harmed."...
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