The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it.Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat.
Non-violent resistance implies the very opposite of weakness.
Defiance combined with non-retaliatory acceptance of repression from one's opponents is active, not passive.
In our struggle against racial segregation in Montgomery, Alabama, I came to see at a very early stage that a synthesis of Gandhi's method of nonviolence and the Christian ethic of love is the best weapon available to Negroes for this struggle for freedom and human dignity.
It may well be that the Gandhian approach will bring about a solution to the race problem in America.
His spirit is a continual reminder to oppressed people that it is possible to resist evil and yet not resort to violence. 'I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.