“I did no wrong, but right. Now, if it is deemed that I should forfeit my life for the furtherance of the ends of Justice, and mingle my blood further with the blood of my children and with the blood of millions in this Slave country whose rights are disregarded by wicked, cruel, and unjust enactments, I say, let it be done.”
Braver words have never been uttered, then again, the speaker was a very determined Man.
A preacher and believer with a commitment to Justice and fairness who had no peer in his desire to end American slavery.
A true servant of God Almighty, John Brown truly believed that slavery was a sin against the Scriptures and the Holy Bible.
The “most American of us all,” said Emerson as Thoreau also offered praises and accolades as he stated that Brown had “taught us to die.” The encomiums elevated Brown, rightly, to the Pantheon of The Immortals whose deaths like Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner, Malcolm, Lumumba, King, Evers, Tubman and Eric Garner continue to forge a legacy of struggle as the U.S. continues to subject its minority populations to a condition so penurious that it may as well be servitude.
Why even spend time calling it by any other name: Modern Slavery whereby Blacks, Latinos Chinese and Poor whites are caged into projects, dilapidated housing and old style tenement buildings. The children are forced to attend substandard schools and all suffer from a health system that simply does not care as the legatees of the Peculiar Institution which has been updated to the level that it is unsafe, unwise and damn near suicidal to be a Black Young male.
Being thus surely leads them to reform schools, Riker’s boat and then the eventual Trip North to certify your felon status and your disenfranchisement from the promise of the voting and successful employment.