Abraham Lincoln: White Supremacist–How Do You Like Him Now?

ColonizationAfterEmancipationIn spite of many high profile preachers and theologians espousing the example of Abraham Lincoln, a.k.a ‘Honest Abe’ *cough*, and repeatedly singing his praises much to what should be their chagrin, I can only remind everyone who admires the historical myth-man the following:

Abraham Lincoln was more of a white supremacist as well as a treasonous criminal than you can possibly imagine. Maybe the biggest in American history – on both counts.

I give just one of many quotes from Lincoln himself:

I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in any way 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.

~ Abraham Lincoln, Debate with Stephen Douglas, Sept. 18, 1858, in Abraham Lincoln: Speeches and Writings, 1832-1858 (New York: Library of America, 1989), pp. 636-637.

I encourage you all to get this book, Colonization after Emancipation: Lincoln and the Movement for Black Resettlement, by Phillip W. Magness of American University and Sebastian N. Page of Oxford University.

I encourage you to get this book especially if you homeschool. It will be an invaluable aid to historical accuracy in you’re child’s education. Among other things, you will learn that AFTER the Emancipation Proclamation:

  1. Lincoln was still hard at work trying to deport negroes to British colonies.
  2. The most pro-colonization member of Lincoln’s cabinet, Postmaster General Montgomery Blair, publicly announced that the "destined glory" of any freed slaves "is to be consummated in the American tropics" (p. 35).
  3. The first black man to ever hold an administrative position in the U.S. government was J. Willis Menard, who favored black colonization. He was employed as a clerk in the colonization office.
  4. Colonization remained the official policy of the Lincoln administration throughout 1864 and early 1865, with several plans being foiled by bureaucratic bungling, corruption, and political bickering. Lincoln is said to have completely lost his temper over such failures.
  5. Late in his life General Benjamin Butler recalled a "colonization interview" he had with Lincoln two days before the assassination. "What shall we do with the negroes after they are free?", Lincoln is said to have asked the general. According to Butler, Lincoln said, "I can hardly believe that the South and North can live in peace, unless we can get rid of the negroes" (p. 109). Butler then proposed deporting the freed slaves to Panama to dig a canal, decades before the actual Panama Canal was dug. "There is meat in that, General Butler, there is meat in that," Lincoln said.