White people with needles have never been our thing.
You read that right. A white man literally put a whole HUMAN BEING in the offering plate. Because there isn’t a lot of documentation, we don’t know if it was tithes, offering or the building fund
Although he was from a learned family (his father was the president of Harvard) Cotton didn’t trust a lot of science BS
Needless to say, Cotton wasn’t a big fan of science.
When Cotton got to know Onesimus, he couldn’t STAND him. You see, Onesimus was smart AF and you know how Wypipo get around smart black people.
“Nah, I was just playing.”*
*not an exact quote”
Anyway, one day Cotton was kicking with Onesimus (which probably meant ACTUALLY KICKING HIM) and started asking questions.
So he asked Onesimus if he was afraid of getting Smallpox
But Onesimus told Cotton he couldn’t get smallpox because he had an operation.
“People take Juice of Small-Pox; and Cutty-skin, and Putt in a Drop.”*
This is an actual translation.
Everyone else thought they were fools for taking the word of a slave.
Still Boylston and Mather inoculated 242 people using Onesimus’ technique
But out of the 242 people inoculated by Boylston (including Mather’s entire family) only six died (1 in 40)
One of the “among other things” was his opposition to slavery. That man became a somewhat prominent and vocal abolitionist.
His name was Benjamin Franklin.
Did I mention we were talking about White Christians? They have a whole different type of Holy Ghost
So, not really free.
And this is the motherfucking thanks we get.
*you can quote that