#2. Can Violence Be Justified?

Second portion of preparation for Video Conference:

Discuss as a class: Who is Malcolm X?

Watch as a class: Stop Singing, Start Swinging!

South Africa
Overing Apartheid

Armed Struggle Video Interviews
(Watch 3)

We Can Forgive Without Excusing 

Read Article 2(4) from the UN Charter (Wikipedia)

Discuss in small groups:
**Are there any scenarios in which violence is justified and if so, where do you draw the line?

The Forgiveness Project lecture 2010 – Archbishop Desmond Tutu from The Forgiveness Project on Vimeo.

Homework 
1. Compose a response either supporting or opposing the following claim:
In certain situations, the use of force and violence is justified.
Use historical examples to back up your argument.
(Post this in a comment directly on this blog post.)
2. Take what you have written and write a brief argument against this stance using 1 or 2 historical examples.

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9 comments on “#2. Can Violence Be Justified?

  1. To be honest I never new who Malcolm X was until we had this assignment. Malcolm X was first called Malcolm Little and he was born May 19, 1925. He had 7 siblings, his mom was a housewife and dad was an outspoken Baptist minister and avid supporter of Black Nationalist leader Marcus Garvey. His family was forced to move twice before he turned 4. The thing that is really interesting about Malcolm was that after a teacher told him that his dreams of becoming a lawyer would never come true, even though he was top of his class. After that things turned for the worst, Malcolm started to do petty crimes, and he moved around lots in the years. When he decided to go back to Boston he was arrested for burglary and sentenced to 10 years. In that time his brother visited him and got him in the religion of Islam faith. When he got out of jail he kept spreading his faith and was a natural born leader. He married Betty, and he had a lot of enemies by this time. At the age of 39 his enemies finally succeeded in their ruthless attempts in killing him. He died by having 15 bullets at close range shot at him when he was giving a speech. Later that year his wife gave birth to twin girls.

  2. lukefeist says:

    What I learned from Malcolm X is that he believed that if we kept religion to ourselves and our god that there would be less conflict in the world, because there are a huge amount of different religions around the globe. America was not what it was made out to be. “If you were black you were born in jail”, the message he is trying to get across was if you were african american, there was no way that you were innocent. You had no chance in life. Americans were not all free, only white people were.
    They were wrong,there is an african american man ruling American today.

  3. Alyssa Dopko says:

    What I learnt about Malcom X was that he was assasinated like Martin Luther King, and Gandhi, because he stood up for what he believed in. He had a wife named Betty who had twins on the way, and he was assainated not to long before they were born. There was many other attempts to assinate him, but the only attempt that didn’t fail for his assins was when he was giving a speech. 15 bullets were shot into this man. Was it right? No. His beliefs also weren’t completly correct either, but that was still no reason to assisnate him. Barack Obama is ruling America right now, and he is a strong man.

  4. I never heard of Malcolm X, reading and watching these video’s I have learned a lot about him. He was born May 19, 1925. Malcolm’s dad was an outspoken baptist minister and was a supporter of black nationalist leader Marcus Garvey, and his mom was a stay home housewife. He had 7 siblings who also had great ambitions in life. Reading up on Malcolm I found that even tho people told him that his dreams and ambitions in life were not going to ever come true, and they told him to give up. He never did, he stood up for what he believed in. Later on in life Malcolm started to do little crimes and it ended up getting worse and worse. When he decided to go back to boston he was sentenced 10 years in jail for burglary. He believed that if you kept your religious beliefs and did not say anything about your God there would be a lot problems you would have to face then if you were spreading the word. He saw that around the world there was many different religious views so he thought if your just kept to yourself it would be a lot better in the long run. He had many enemies out to get him who was trying to kill him. At the age of 39 the pronounced him dead while he was giving a speech with 15 bullet wounds. He made a big impact on people because as people told him he was not going to go far in life because he spent the time in jail while he was young, and they pretty much stereotyped all black people. Saying how they are not as good as white people. But we all have to realize that everyone is the same no matter what colour you are, and just because one person in a certain race does something wrong does not make the same people in that race the same. If we look back in history we should see how many black people have done so many great things for our country, and that everyone deserves a chance and they should be able to live their dream.

  5. Holy cow!!! My mind has been blown apart by how inspiring Malcolm X was to african americans, muslims and all other misfits in the world. The main thing I pulled out of that is that the truth is the best thing to do. Malcolm X told the truth in almost every sentence and that helped to inspire these people. In his speech he talks of how “…if you are black you are born in jail”, at the time, basically anything an african american did could get them arrested, beaten or killed. Thankfully times have changed drastically from then. He later on went to say, “..the white man has no weapon that can be us, sure they have the atomic bomb, but other countries have it, so it is really useless,”, what I get from this is that if a group of white people and african americans both have guns, then that gives no major advantage over the other. This basically tells that if these people stand together that they can accomplish anything because “there are more black people than there are white people”. Malcolm X has been an incredible inspiration to people in that time period ad will continue to be throughout the rest of history as his message is passed down through generations.

  6. One thing I learned was Malcolm X in general, I had no idea who he was, and what he intend on doing, or what he had done. I now know he was born under the house of a baptist minister, and a stay at home mom. He was born May 19th, 1925. He had 7 siblings. Malcolm did some crimes and that did end up getting worse, he decided to go back to boston and was sentenced 10 years in jail for his burglary. When he was 39 Malcolm was killed giving his speech he was shot, and had 15 bullet wounds. Malcolm was not only aware of his religious views, but he was aware of all of the other ones as well. Malcolm X made a huge impact on people because everyone told him he was not going to go far in life, because of the time he had spent in jail when he was younger, they told him because he was black, he would not make it very far. But he did. Malcolm X always told the truth, he was inspiring to many many people. He was an amazing man, and I am glad I got to learn about him.

  7. JHurley says:

    After reading through about Malcolm X and the rest of these ideas, something that I learned was the meaning of “X” as his last name. It had always puzzled me what the “X” meant. Malcolm considered “Little” (his old last name) a slave name. He changed it to “X” to signify that he had lost his tribal name. This shows that he is reading for a change, and wants to see it happen.

    Also, I learned that Malcolm studied the teaching of NOI leader Elijah Muhammad.
    Muhammad taught that white society actively worked to keep African-Americans from empowering themselves and achieving political, economic and social success.

  8. JHurley says:

    After reading through about Malcolm X and the rest of these ideas, something that I learned was the meaning of “X” as his last name. It had always puzzled me what the “X” meant. Malcolm considered “Little” (his old last name) a slave name. He changed it to “X” to signify that he had lost his tribal name. This shows that he is ready for a change, and wants to see it happen.

    Also, I learned that Malcolm studied the teaching of NOI leader Elijah Muhammad.
    Muhammad taught that white society actively worked to keep African-Americans from empowering themselves and achieving political, economic and social success.

  9. troysb11 says:

    Malcolm X personally I never heard of him before, but he sounds like he was a great activist and a major contributor to helping get black people there rights. He proves that anyone in this world can be a great activist. He was a man that had become involved with a life of crime, but he turned that life around and made a difference. That proves that anyone in this world can make a difference if you put your mind to it and you truly believe what you are doing can make a change.

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