I remember I got suspended in middle school once for fighting back against bullies. (And some of the bullying was racist.) Something really cool about that was that my mom didn't hold it against me. She didn't act like it was the wrong decision.
I think she knows about stuff like that because she told me that she used to carry a brick on her way to girl scouts. She apparently was quite a tomboy.
There are things worth fighting for. You can use the force for knowledge and defense. It's easy to talk about the high road if you have a lot of people and the mores of society backing you up.
Progress has happened because once upon a time, people fought for it, using one kind of strategy or another.