Sunday, November 20, 2011

What Thoreau, Gandhi and MLK Really Meant about Non-Violent Protest

It's not vocal, it's not as dramatic as a cracked head and it's not manning the barricades of the communes Les Miserables-style.

However, what UCal Davis's Chancellor Linda Katehi witnessed and endured was the perfect example of non-violent protest in the style espoused by Messrs Thoreau and Gandhi and Dr King - perfect, dignified and very disconcerting silence.

I thank my Facebook friend John Corzan for reminding me of something anyone engaging in the Occupy movement really should know - that in non-violent protest, sometimes one says it best, when one says nothing at all. It's called presence.

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