gNon-violence: A principle shared unexpectedly by African-Americans and Okinawansh
Hello everyone. I'm Martin Luther King Jr.
Today, Ifm going to tell you about my dream.
We can never be satisfied as long as black people are victims of unreasonable discrimination and violence committed by white people including the police.
We suffer from the violence of power hoses on the street and the violence of police dogs.
There are still the expressions of despising us and hating us.
So we can never be happy as long as our children are deprived of their self-confidence, self-respect and dignity by that.
I have a dream that one day, sons of former slaves and sons of former slave-owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
And I have a dream that one day, the chain of anger and violence will disappear.
I want to tell you that anger and confrontation will not bring us a better society.
So I insist on a way of non-violence.
Thank you. But, who are you?
Ifm Awagon Syoko from Okinawa.
Please listen to my story.
In 1945, a terrible battle was fought by America and Japan on our land: Okinawa.
It lasted for five months and nearly 100 thousand innocent Okinawan people were killed and many more were injured.
Also, our land and houses were destroyed by the U.S. military.
At that time, we hated Americans, but later I learned g½Ç£óinuchidutakarajh.
It literally means that human lives are a treasure.
In other words, nothing is more precious than human life.
Lives of Okinawans are precious.
But I realized that Americans also have valuable lives.
So people should never kill each other.
I also support and exercise the principle of non-violence.
Itfs likely that we have a principle shared unexpectedly.
Though our countries, Japan and America, are distant and different, it's very interesting to have the same idea.
Today, so called "terrorists" exercise violence and threats supposedly to get their human rights or achieve peace.
They've never tried to use non-violence, but look at reality, for instance, 9.11 caused the Iraq War and Iraq's damage is several times larger than 9.11.
And what is next?
It shows that violence just made more violence.
And the violence never ended.
Therefore, there is no meaning to use violence.
Thatfs why we maintain non-violence.
Thatfs why we cannot find a key to the settlement of problems.
At first sight, non-violence does not seem to work.
However, non-violent movements are the most positive steps for bringing peace to this world.
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