History

The Myth of Northern Innocence

December 03, 2012

FACT: LINCOLN WASN’T TOO KEEN ON NEGROES

By suspending habeas corpus, jailing his critics, and tolerating Union soldiers’ rape of Southern women both black and white, Lincoln gave modern progressives several reasons to further bash Republicans, but they’ve shown a strange reticence to do so in his case. They also fail to dogpile on his many public utterances that are far beyond anything that allegedly “racist” modern Republicans say:

What I would most desire would be the separation of the white and black races. (Speech at Springfield, IL, July 17, 1858)

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 [applause]; 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….I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race…I will to the very last stand by the law of this State, which forbids the marrying of white people with Negroes.” (The Lincoln-Douglas debates, Charleston, IL, September 18, 1858)

There is a natural disgust in the minds of nearly all white people, to the idea of an indiscriminate amalgamation of the white and black races….A separation of the races is the only perfect preventive of amalgamation….Such separation, if ever affected at all, must be affected by colonization….I am not in favor of Negro citizenship…. (The Lincoln-Douglas debates, Springfield, IL, June 22, 1857)

Negro equality! Fudge!! How long, in the government of a God great enough to make and maintain this universe, shall there continue knaves to vend, and fools to gulp, so low a piece of demagoguism as this? (From Fragments: Notes for Speeches, September, 1859)


FACT: UNION GENERAL WILLIAM TECUMSEH SHERMAN WASN’T TOO KEEN ON NEGROES AND OTHER NONWHITES, EITHER

I profess…to fight for but one single purpose, viz, to sustain a Government capable of vindicating its just and rightful authority, independent of niggers, cotton, money, or any earthly interest. (Letter of October 10, 1863)

We must act with vindictive earnestness against the Sioux, even to the extermination, men, women and children….The more Indians we can kill this year, the less will have to be killed next year….They all have to be killed or be maintained as a species of paupers. (Quoted in “Citizen Sherman” by Michael Fellman)


You should also sweep from your mind the fact that apart from heavy English involvement, the international slave trade to America was almost entirely managed by wealthy, slave-ship-owning Yankees rather than those evil Southern rednecks.

Also ignore the fact that Frederick Douglass said that “many colored men” fought for the South as “real soldiers.”

Don’t think about the fact that many so-called “Native Americans” owned black slaves and also fought for the Confederacy.

And don’t ponder for a second that if extorting a slave’s labor is wrong, extorting a taxpayer’s labor might be wrong as well.

And don’t dare to wonder why, if all of America’s wealth and power was indeed built on slavery, how in the hell did the North manage to win?

The lesson they’re ramming down our throats is that one is never permitted to question the sanctity of whatever war led to the current state of affairs. This is why you can’t “revise” World War II or the Civil War. It wasn’t that the victors were better killers—it’s because their cause was just. You can commit all manner of barbarity so long as it’s for a “good” cause.

 

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