What is non-violent resistance?

This is going to come up a lot. So let’s just take a quick look at what is covered under the term non-violent resistance.

At its most basic level, wikipedia describes non-violent resistance (or NVR) as:

“the practice of achieving goals such as social change through symbolic protests, civil disobedience, economic or political noncooperation, satyagraha, or other methods, without using violence.”

NVR is disobedient.

NVR is disruptive.

NVR is unsettling.

NVR is disturbing.


NVR will be inconvenient. It will disrupt traffic. It will keep you from getting to work on time. It will make you late. It will block your street or building or elevator.

NVR will cost you money. It will remove your preferred vendor of goods. It will increase your costs.

NVR will speak truth at all times in all things. NVR does not care about your guilt or your feelings or how hard you are working on your baggage. NVR will tell you what you don’t like to hear.

NVR will not get out of your way.

Non-violent resistance is blocking the entry to rallies of political theater. It is lowering banners while you are just trying to have a nice time. It is shouting in the streets while you are taking your kid to school. Non-violent resistance is standing, wrists out, waiting to be arrested. It is taking a knee to remind you of your bigotry. It is shouting down white supremacists.

“Non-violent” is not polite, quiet, meek, or passive. It roars. It shouts. It stands in the way of bigotry and hatred, and if you find that NVR is in your way? Check the path you are on.

NVR has made nations and freed peoples.

Don’t expect otherwise.



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