"John Brown was, in effect, a terrorist. Whether you agree or that what he was doing was right or not. There are people in the Taliban who believe what they're doing is right." ~ Gerry Gaumer, spokesman for the Park Service in Washington, D.C.
John Brown a terrorist? Not according to the Summit County Historical Society of Ohio:
"In honor of the 150th Commemoration of the raid at Harpers Ferry by the famous abolitionist John Brown, Summit County Historical Society will host several Open Houses at the site of John Brown’s former home located at 514 Diagonal Road . . . He was a talented farmer, tanner, surveyor, and shepherd who was liked for his honesty and feared for his strong beliefs." (Emphasis mine).
We so often hear from those who focus on criticizing "celebratory history" in regards to Confederate heroes and so-called "Lost Causers." But the silence and lack of criticism in regards to "Holy Causers" and celebrating the life of a terrorist is deafening. It is also instructive. Will we hear the same mocking, snarky, comments about "hero worship" in regards to John Brown? Don't hold your breath. Righteous indignation from certain quarters of academia is quite selective. Where I come from, we call that hypocrisy.
See my previous posts here and here on this subject.