Oppression is the cruel or unjust treatment that is prolonged. Violent resistance is when people resist oppression using the threat of physical pain or even death to oppressor in order to force them into changing their behavior. On the other hand, non-violent resistance is when people resist oppression by using peaceful means in which people are not harmed and oppressor are often shamed into changing. Agency is the ability to determine the outcome of one’s own life. Oppressed people should use non-violent resistance to gain agency because using violent resistance will just hurt and hurt more people. Than non-violence, you will hurt no one and have a better chance of being heard instead of getting your hands dirty. For example the documents I read the student research which is about the anti-Olympic protest in Brazil, the SeeClickFix data. Also the Malala speech. The 3 documents furthermore describe how non-violent resistance is a better method to resist oppression.
In the first place, the document for my research project which is the residence protest Olympic eviction is a better method of oppressed people to use nonviolent resistance to gain agency because no one gets hurt. The people that are getting oppressed have a better chance of being heard by their oppressor. The document I analyzed titled Rio residents protest Olympic eviction with a roadblock. The document is about how the Rio resistance in Brazil was getting evicted from their homes and about 90% of residents had moved out pressured. The Brazilian government wanted the land so luxurious hotels and apartments could be built for visitors who are coming to the Olympic games. Rio residents were going through oppression and decided it was time to resist by going on a nonviolent protest blocking roads, holding flags and chanting for an agency. Furthermore, Stephen Eisenhammer was the one who created this article on April 1, 2015. Additionally, this document is not trustworthy because in the article Stephen doesn’t mention if he was present at the protester witnessed anything. Stephen Eisenhammer probably heard or interview someone who was there at the time which makes Stephen a secondary source but not a primary source. A quote from this document says ‘’blocking the main road into Rio de Janeiro during morning rush-hour traffic. Cars were gridlocked for at least five kilometers in Rio’s southern neighborhood of Barra de Tijuca after around 30 residents stood in the road, holding aloft banners, singing and hitting pans”. This quote shows how oppressed people use nonviolence to resist oppression because the oppressed people are not hurting or damaging any property showing they don’t want to solve anything with violence but rather be heard in a peaceful way. Also, this quote shows that oppressed people should use nonviolence to gain agency because solving things in a peaceful way to your oppressor will make them feel ashamed and blamed. Rather than you using violence and making yourself look like the oppressor because bias people would support the oppressor than the person who needs agency.
In the Second place, The second document I analyzed is the SeeClickFix data shows that nonviolence is a more effective way to resist oppression and to gain agency because no one is being mistreated or no property is being damaged. The document I analyzed was about A SeeClickFix data Ms.Muniz collected from Issues reported to SeeClickFix. The issues are Graffiti, damaged sidewalks, potholes, trash dumping In Oakland. We did this by taking a picture of the issue and reporting it on the website SeeClickFix and later we got an email stating Open meaning the city hall has seen it. Acknowledged if they have fixed the problem and closed meaning they can’t do anything about it. Furthermore, this document was created by Jason Muniz an Ethnic Studies teacher at Fremont High on April,27.2018. Also, this document is trustworthy because It was Created by our very own teacher meaning he is a primary source and they students reported this to him and he witnesses the issues reported in 2018. The open part of the data shows how 3 damaged sidewalks, 3 potholes, and 7 trash dumping issue were seen by the city hall. After, in the acknowledge part of the data it shows how 21 damaged sidewalks, 7 potholes and 8 trash dumping this shows how no one is getting hurt and no property has been damaged no violence is being used. This shows how the SeeClickFix website helps our community be a better environment without using any violence towards anyone. Therefore using nonviolence is a better way to gain agency than using violence is because you have to talk to your oppressor first about what they are doing is oppressing you and see if they can fix the issue. If you start using violence towards your oppressor without them knowing what they are doing to oppress you. Then you will look like the oppressor so it’s better to take things slowly instead of taking action to fast.
|In the third place, the document I analyzed titled Malala’s speech shows that oppressed people should use nonviolent resistance to gain agency because no one is being abused or no private property is being damaged. The document titled Malala’s speech is about how a 16-year-old girl who was fighting for women’s education but as she was fighting for girls right the Taliban strongly disagreed with her and decided to kill her. The Taliban shot Malala in the face but she survived and never gave up on girls rights and continued fighting matter what the obstacles were. Malala is against violent and just wants peace. The document is an excerpt of Malala’s speech a 16-year-old girl given to the United Nations General Assembly. Created on July 12, 2013. This document is trustworthy because Malala gave out her very own speech on how she feels. Nobody else said it but her. She is the primary source and it was created recently in 2013 which makes this reliable. The quote “ I am not against anyone. Neither am I here to speak in terms of personal revenge against the Taliban or any other terrorist group. I am here to speak for the right of education for every child”. This quote shows nonviolence because no one is getting harmed or mistreated. In brief, this quotes shows nonviolence because even though she got hurt over fighting for girls education she didn’t want revenge all she wanted was to get an education for girls. If Malala used violence she would have created a cycle of violence which would have harmed more people|