Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Dr. Martin Luther King and Resistance to Domination

When Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his I Have A Dream speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial to 200,000 people in 1963, he not only educated the world about the social ills of U.S. apartheid policies, he also demonstrated Resistance to Domination. The following year, he was presented with the Nobel Peace Prize for his work. This was the ‘achieving moment’ in his quest for equality through non-violence. He single-handedly gave a segregated population a voice that was heard and empowered a movement to gain international attention. Due to Dr. King’s efforts, legislation in the U.S. drastically changed and many of the social ills remedied.
Our text cites that (p.68) “…all societies have narratives of resistance. These are the narratives of the less powerful and the powerless, of those who ordinarily have little or no voice in organizational and societal dialogue. They provide different account of events and the meanings those events had for the participants.” The following line defines King’s demonstration of Resistance to Domination. “Unless the domination is eventually overturned, these stories only rarely make it into textbooks.”
Here’s a challenge: think of Resistance to Domination to on a more micro-level. On a macro level, Dr. King’s or for that matter, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s examples shine bright. However, when thinking about Resistance to Domination on our everyday routines, do we face such issues? The oppressive boss? The demanding peer review board? Those pesky folks that control the Home Owners Association? How about the rigorous syllabus?

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