Nat Turner. Hero or Villian?

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    I found out some great news today. I am related to one of my heroes Nat Turner. Fredrick Douglass also thought of Nat Turner as someone that deserved admiration. Calling him more of a revolutionary than the whites that supposedly fought for freedom while simultaneously enslaving others. I have long thought it took some guts and fortitude to do what Turner did. He killed every single white person he ran into. This included women and children. I dont think I would have been able to kill some of the women and none of the children. Guts not because it was dangerous but because it goes against the natural instinct to protect children. Some people (even some Black people) think he should not have killed the women and children but I have pointed out that those same women and children would have definitely ran for help thereby reducing the force and effectiveness of what he was doing. In my eyes he will always be a hero for fighting for his people. His attitude is one all Black people should have in the face of oppression. "By Any Means Necessary"
     
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    did you see the new movie about him?

     
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    Not yet. I didnt know it was already out.
     
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    Great ending for him....swinging from a tree and his actions only made it harder for blacks afterwards as states passed laws cracking down.
     
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    By any means necessary is the rationalization behind almost all societal wrongs.
     
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    The best ending. Shows he was absolutely willing to die for his beliefs. His actions inspired and motivated generation after generation of freedom fighters that continue to this day. We dont mind that it was harder. Nat Turner just showed the whites that there would be repercussions to their actions.
     
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    The same could be said for almost all societal rights.
     
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    His actions had a negative impact.

    This same debate has been had many times by anarchists, in regards to propaganda of the deed.
     
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    No.

    The ends only justify the means when the means justify the ends.
     
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    i disagree. His actions paved the way for more resistance. The stories handed down in my family tell me that he was revered and provided strength for Blacks.
     
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