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Nonviolence as Compliance


Nonviolence as Compliance

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Rioting broke out on Monday in Baltimore—an angry response to the death of Freddie Gray, a death my native city seems powerless to explain. Gray did not die mysteriously in some back alley but in the custody of the city's publicly appointed guardians of order. And yet the mayor of that city and the commissioner of that city's police still have no idea what happened.


My personal conclusion, having, in particular, observed non-violent protest in Palestine, is that non-violence is only successful when your oppressor has a conscience.