Between the 1950s and 1980s, there were many civil right movements, majorly due to one ethnicity mistreating another: such as racism, racial segregation, and stereotyping. A fine illustration would be Caucasians mistreating and discriminating against the African Americans. Nevertheless, the African American's only solutions were to live with the inequality, rebel employ violent actions or non-violent action such as protest and marching. During the 1960s, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a significantly prominent figure that promotes non-violent civil disobedience and civil rights for the African Americans. In the essay " The Ways of Meeting Oppression ", Doctor King describes that there are ways to come to a mutual understanding through a logical and moral solution. Dr. King analyzes acquiescence, violent and non-violent movement, narrowing from immoral to moral actions. .
Definition of acquiescence is to agree to a condition with silence or objections. Doctor King stated that not all individual have the courage to rise for the equality and freedom that leads individuals to surrender to the oppress system. "Almost 2800 years ago Moses set out to lead the children of Israel from the slavery of Egypt to the freedom of the Promised Land. He soon discovered that slaves do not always welcome their deliverers. " This reference suggested that not all individual approve for the action that movement leader achieve, these people fear the "yoke of oppressor " that they eventually adjust themselves to the unjust system. Those oppressed support the system "is as evil as the oppressor ", which signify the individual acknowledged their immoral action by permitting their conscience slumber. Therefore, Doctor King critically implied individuals who recognize the faulty system, which is willingly presenting the next generation's future to the oppressor to ensure their current safety. These actions will only complicate and worsen the issue, which "increases the oppressor's arrogance and contempt ".