John Brown was so compassionate about how slaves were treated and wanting to free them that he didn't care about his life for the cause. He overestimated the support for the invasion of the arsenal. In one letter I had found written by a slave saying that the punishment for the slaves involved would be more torture than hanging or a bullet. That along with Brown's plan kept them from uprising. I don't think John Brown was crazy just didn't plan well. He had many white supporters but just didn't believe his plan would work and lacked the compassion Brown had. Even Brown was in doubt. He just couldn't find another way to achieve his passion. Age was a factor and the passing of supporting slavery in Kansas made him do it. Let's face it. There is still a great deal of racism in this country even after 160+ years. Back then slave owners were not punished for their whipping and treatment. Brown believed in an eye for an eye. Killing wasn't the answer but it sure reversed some of the terrorism to the racists back then. BillI've never heard of a 'black' calling him crazy.