Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral.
It is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for
all. The old law of an eye for an eye leaves everybody blind. It is
immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his
understanding; it seeks to annihilate rather than convert. Violence is
immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. It destroys
community and makes brotherhood impossible. It leaves society in
monologue rather than dialogue. It creates bitterness in the survivors
and brutality in the destroyers.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.