Commentary: James Lawson, a leading theoretician of nonviolence within the Civil Rights Movement, was instrumental in helping to develop the strategy for Freedom Riders in 1961. Lawson once remarked: "Through nonviolence, courage displaces fear; love transforms hate. Acceptance dissipates prejudice; hope ends despair. Peace dominates war; faith reconciles doubt. Mutual regard cancels enmity. Justice for all overthrows injustice. The redemptive community supersedes systems of gross social immorality.”
Put less amorously, another Freedom Rider, Charles Person, recounted: "You didn't know what you were going to encounter. You had night riders. You had hoodlums . . . You could be antagonized at any point in your journey.”
Diane Nash added: "Traveling in the segregated South for black people was humiliating. The very fact that there were separate facilities was to say to black people and white people that blacks were so subhuman and so inferior that we could not even use public facilities that white people used.”
Fast forward to the year 2018. Over 7,000 migrants are making their way north from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. President Trump has labeled this mass exodus a "caravan," calling them "hardened criminals," "bad people," "very bad thugs and gang members," and pawns of Democrats hoping to use them against Republicans heading into the midterms.