The Pottawatomie massacre
This symbolic event took place on the night of May 24th –May 25th 1856 in Kansas Territory. Prior to this day, the settlement of Lawrence (a settlement founded by anti-slavery settlers) was sacked by pro-slavery settlers and arrest of some notable abolitionist led by Samuel J. Jones coupled with the attack on Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner for speaking out against slavery in Kansas. These two events made some members of “Pottawatomie Rifles” (a group of about one hundred abolitionist formed in 1855 to serve as an armed militia to counter growing proslavery presence led by John Jr. son of John Brown) to lead a revenge attack on pro-slavery settlers leading to the death of five pro-slavery settlers. This revenge attack led to a three-month period of retaliatory raids and battles in which 29 people died between pro- and anti-slavery settlers over whether the Kansas Territory would enter the Union as a “slave state or a free state”.
It is important to note that John Brown was not a Black man and as such was not directly affected by slavery in whatsoever mannerism it may be viewed from. His believe was that violence was necessary to end American slavery, since peaceful efforts had failed. Though his believe in violence being used as a measure to combat was wrong isn’t something worthy of emulation but one thing that his worthy of emulation is, his believe is that Injustice is Injustice and whether you be affected or not, irrespective of colour, religion and other socio-cultural factors.