"Pharoah had betrayed them.
And on a nearby street corner, empty-eyed, exhausted, alone, stood Pharoah, the pumpkin-colored mulatto. He was breathing hard. Now he could start home, he thought. Nobody would know who gave the alarm. The white folks would thank him. They wouldn't tell. They would protect him. Now he could start home in the heavy shadows.
'If Gabriel had of listened to me, he'd of fared a heap better. He wasn't fixing to do no good nohow, the way how he was going about it. I wanted to lead a line, me.'" - Black Thunder by Arna Bontemps, 1936
Black Thunder is one of the most underrated books in African-American literature. It is the story of Gabriel Prosser, a twenty-three old slave who attempted to lead an insurrection in Virginia in 1800. He mobilized and inspired, but not to kill all whites (as some people assume). There were to be no revolts on Quakers, Methodists and Frenchmen. In many ways, this was a class revolt on the planter elite. Allegedly, Prosser had two white co-conspirators.
Prosser was close to success but was betrayed by another slave, described as Pharoah in the passage above. Pharoah, once an ally of Gabriel was jealous, angry and a bit unstable. He felt giving "the alarm" would give him the acceptance and respect he felt he desired.
This is the best way I can describe Reverend Jeremiah Wright
, as Pharoah, the jealous, vindictive and once supporter of Senator Barack Obama,
who is now attempting to destroy him for his own good. There are rumors he was put up to this by the Clinton campaign
and word of a book deal. It's sad that out of all the things that might destroy Obama, it would be his own. As a dear friend of mine said, "I think there is this belief among us folks of color that we are not racist. Unfortunately, being oppressed does not mean you are immune to the characteristics of the oppressor -- Liberia is a prime example of that." More importantly, Wright not only betrayed Obama but he betrayed many in the black community (and others outside of the community who support him!). The Republicans and the Clintons are surely thanking him.
Some things just don't change from the plantation.
Note: The most famous unsuccessful slave insurrections: Gabriel Prosser (1800) and Denmark Vessey (1822), were both sold-out by other slaves.
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