Civil War Sit-Ins A non-violent protest

What is a Sit-In?

Sit-ins are ways of non-violent protest that were used to protest the injustices during the civil war. This is when segregation was most popular. Blacks sat at counters in white seating waiting for service. Usually this made the owners close the counter meaning the were losing lots of profits. Resulting in maybe a change in the rule of service.

Goals of a Sit-in

Sits-ins goal was to be sitting at the white counter, taking away business from the restaurant. This was to try to force the owners of the restaurants to serve them at the white counter. This was to show they were equal as whites and could eat wherever they eat. This protest also gave hope to others that they have a chance to be equal. This was also to try to get public attention to inspire others to join in.

In this picture you see some black people are participating in a non violent protest in the form of a sit-in. The owners of the restaurant have chosen to close the area of the restaurant. I liked his picture she how the reason of closing the section would be public safety like these black people are a danger to us. There are other way restaurants sometimes handled this like using force apron those participant in the sit-in

The History of Sit-ins

On Febuary 1, 1960 is when the first sit-in took place. Four college students walked up to a white counter only at a local Woolworth's in Greensboro, North Carolina. All four sat at the counter asking for coffee. When the college students were refused service, the students then sat and waited patiently. Despite being intimidated by other whites they stood their ground. That was how the movement of the sit in was born. Soon they came in groups of people taking lots of profit from Woolworth's.

"Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction."

—Martin Luther King, Jr., "Loving Your Enemies," in Strength to Love.

This was the philosophy when the blacks were trying to protest the segregation laws. Martin Luther King, Jr. Led the charge in the non violent protests like sit-ins. He believed that violence by the blacks against the violence already used by the whites would not solve any problem. That only resisting the urge to fight and be the bigger person in the fight.

This photo is of two black girls sitting at a corner for whites and trying to get service. While waiting many whites were very mad and started to attack the two blacks at the counter. This happened a lot it to so much strength to not fight back and keep it a non-violent protest. In this stimulation they dumped food and drinks on the trying to break them to leave their seats.

Is it effective?

The non-violent protests seems to work well in many situations. I believe that sit-ins were very effective for the blacks protest against segregation. They effectively sent the message to the whites that they would not give in to the horrible treatment they got from the whites. They also did this without war and violence.

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