We must understand first that nonviolence is not passivity. It is instead creative activity. That activity takes place within particular limits: … The recognition of others as fellow human beings, even when they are our adversaries.
That recognition does not require that we acquiesce to the demands of others when we disagree. Rather, it requires that our action, even when it coerces the other (as boycotts, strikes, sit-ins and human blockades often do), does not aim to destroy that other in his or her humanity.
It requires that we recognize others as fellow human beings, even when they are on the other side of the barricades.