Lincoln the Racist

Lincoln the Racist

I’ve mentioned elsewhere that neither the South or North were innocent in regards to racism and slavery. Nevertheless, the two, racism and slavery, are not necessarily identical. Many a slave owner was not a racist, and many a racist was not a slave owner. In fact, historical evidence considered, it is my opinion that racism was much more prominent and deep ceded in the North than in the South. Whereas slavery, on the other hand, was much more ingrained and socially accepted in the South. This just goes to underscore that despite all it’s grand talk, the North was not really concerned with “humanitarian efforts” in ending slavery. That was largely moral posturing and propaganda. In fact, the Union Potus himself is rather clear on both points — 1) that slavery was not the real concern or cause for the armed Northern invasion, and 2) that the North was heavily racists, as is embodied in the views and statements of their President himself (though possibly a mild racist position compared to others of his day).

Yes, that’s rights — Abe Lincoln was a racist! And he publicly admitted the same.

Don’t believe me?
Consider the following quote:

“I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in anyway the social and political equality of the white and black races – that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race. I say upon this occasion I do not perceive that because the white man is to have the superior position the negro should be denied everything.”

Source: Fourth Debate with Stephen A. Douglas at Charleston, Illinois, September 18, 1858
(The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume III, pp. 145-146.)
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