The goal of the movement was to obtain equality in local stores and restaurants, getting equal service despite color or their skin. the sit-ins needed to create a distinct impression of moral superiority, One of the best ways to do this was to meet the harsh violence of the white man with pacifism.
the SNCC faced dangerous obstacles like angry white southerners who sent death threats, torched their buildings, and even shot at the workers. many of them were thrown in jail after the end of a sit-in.
The harmful acts towards the groups didn't even hinder them, they knew the more abuse and harm they took, the more people that would back their cause and make it stronger.