One thing Dr. King talked about in his writing, especially Letter from Birmingham Jail, is the need for tension in a protest. Tension creates a spotlight on the issue and raises awareness about the problem. The key is not to become violent, though. If you become violent, it brings the wrong kind of focus onto the issue. I wonder what Dr. King would say about modern protests? Thoughts?
Modern protests are something that is very contradictory to Dr. King’s views. Most of the protests that we observe these days are usually violent and silent protests are seldom observed. Although King talks about inclusion of tension in the protest but strongly oppose violence which is not the case with modern protests.
Most of the recent protests that we have witnessed in the recent past have involved use of violence to convey the message to the concerned people. Dr. King would obviously not be happy and satisfied looking at the protests these days as violence supersedes the issue and the real message behind the protests gets diluted, he would still stand by his words that tension should be there in the protest to create unrest but violence of any kind is not acceptable.