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Why was martin Luther king jr s decision to be nonviolent important?

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If he had chosen violence the white racist would have gone crazy and would have harmed their views on blacks instead of helping. His calm, respectful, intelligent and non violent methods made him the best role model/leader by example. He was teaching many how to peacefully and respectfully get their voices heard, at the same time he was calm it opened many white people's eyes and kept them calm and rational as well. He was a well spoken and kind man. He had every reason(like every black person then) to be angry and violent. He was a better person than that and realized being calm, respectful and peaceful was the appropriate and best way to help with civil rights. It's a shame everyone couldn't be like him. He didn't hate white people, nor was he anything but respectful to them. Him being the way he was showed many most black people aren't violent, lazy, etc.

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Bring PEACE to the world

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Because then war would happen and also his whole idea was about peace between different races

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Because violence begets violence. He didnt want to create more.... as it doesnt solve anything.

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Because he is a hippi

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It is an example of how humans can overcome almost any conflict without using violence! It shows that those who resort to violence, are in reality, the weaker opponent.

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had he instituted violence, it would have given racist's a reason and incentive to crush his movement, making it a moot point, so instead he chose to make words his weapon instead of a gun.

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If violence broke out the segregationists would have appeared to be vindicated. They would have used the violence as evidence that the races could not peacefully coexist and so should remain separate, "for everybody's best interests". If it had gotten violent they never would have got the support of President Kennedy.

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It's kind of obvious isn't it? That is why he is one of my admirers.

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