Non Confrontational Strategies In The Civil Rights Movement

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The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s was a struggle for African Americans to obtain equal rights and be free of racial discrimination. The use of Jim Crow Laws allowed people, particularly in the South, to continue oppressing African Americans after the Civil War. Confrontational tactics such as protests and sit-ins were important in the Civil Rights Movement, however non-confrontational tactics such as litigation, civil disobedience and economic boycotts were most important as they brought about significant change in opposing segregation. Confrontation is defined as a hostile or argumentative situation between opposing parties. The opposing parties in this movement consisted of African Americans in North and South American fighting against the law courts and the immorality of segregation according to the constitution. The success of the Civil Rights Movement was majorly based on using the strategy of protesting for equal rights without using violence. Non-violent tactics were used as an attempt to gain sympathy against segregation and in the hopes to change the attitudes of those that physically abused them in return. Such passive resistance was seen in the Greensboro Sit-ins of 1960, where four African American students requested service at a lunch counter and were refused and asked to leave. The students remained at the counter and soon they were joined by others of all races to protest against segregated lunch counters in department stores. Rules of
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