When Hitler’s tyranny threatened the world, we did not hear very much about how immoral it is to meet violence with violence. Even the Christian church was willing to ‘Praise the Lord and Pass The Ammunition,’ and by doing so we all stayed free.
Nonviolence is a very potent weapon when the opponent is civilized, but nonviolence is no repellent for a sadist.
Negroes must be willing to defend themselves, their women, their children and their homes. Nowhere in the annals of history does the record show a people delivered from bondage by patience alone."
Robert F. Williams
Excerpts from Robert F. William’s debate with Dr. Martin Luther King where Williams advocated armed self-defense while Dr. King explained the social organization of nonviolence.
Taken from “Robert F. Williams and the Roots of Black Power.” (pages 214-215)