J. Habakuk Stephenson is spared, but not because he’s an abolitionist,

but because of the statue’s ear which was given to him by a black woman

who nursed him back to health.

If he did not have the ‘ear’ would he have been killed?

It seems so…

So what is the moral or lesson or point of the story?

Is it that a ideological killer contradicts his beliefs by his actions?

Is it that ideology trumps facts?

Or is it irony itself: In this story’s example — racism begets racism?



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