I’m going to say my peace and be done with it.
We prided ourselves on it then and should pride ourselves on it now.
We fought with our resilience and determination. With our education and faith . We fought with our presence and unity. Most importantly, we fought and won without the use of our fist. That in itself allowed the world to see the real enemy for the savages they were and still are.
Don’t believe me? I have the proof sitting right next to me, the proof in the form of a strong, accomplished black woman. My grandmother, who lived it. My grandmother who marched, who along with thousands of others used her tongue instead of knives to cut through the hate. She sits next to me a college graduate, voter, hard worker, money not an issue, a happy and successful marriage and a large multiracial family surrounding her. Most of those things wouldn’t be possible if non-violent protest weren’t the route taken.
Did they get everything accomplished? No, but they got a hell of a lot further then many others. No matter how frustrated, how furious, just remember they felt the same…they felt stronger. Now it is our turn to finish what they started by walking in their foot steps, taking the high road, same as they did the heroes before them.
So to answer your question… I agree, violence is worse.