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The Abraham Lincoln You Don’t Know: Forget Emancipation, Go Back To Africa

April V. Taylor

Black people have been taught for years that their freedom is due in large part to Abraham Lincoln and his signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.  What many fail to realize is that Lincoln never wanted to free slaves and have them live on American soil.  A recent article written for The Root by scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. explores this topic and reveals that Lincoln implored free blacks to go to Africa “for the sake of their race,” and out of respect for white people.

Lincoln  held a forum with delegates from area black churches at the Union Bethel AME Church in Washington.  Five free men went on to hold further discussion with Lincoln in which Lincoln told the men that Congress had already set aside funds for free blacks to go to Africa and start colonies of free slaves there.  Lincoln stated, “You and we are different races.  We have between us a broader difference than exists between almost any other two races.  Whether it is right or wrong I need not discuss, but this physical difference is a great disadvantage to us both, as I think your race suffer very greatly, many of them by living among us, while ours suffer from your presence.  In a word we suffer on each side.  If this is admitted, it affords a reason at least why we should be separated.”

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  1. African Americans have not psychologically accepted the fact that our history was taken from us. We don’t know our true identities! We suffer from social amnesia! Our names and our African tribal history was intentionally destroyed by our oppressors. We must pray to our creator to help us become whole again. Thank you for your attention.

  2. “You and we are different races. We have between us a broader difference than exists between almost any other two races. Whether it is right or wrong I need not discuss, but this physical difference is a great disadvantage to us both, as I think your race suffer very greatly, many of them by living among us, while ours suffer from your presence. In a word we suffer on each side. If this is admitted, it affords a reason at least why we should be separated.” -Abraham Lincoln

  3. What source disd this come from? I would be interested in researching the credibility and further learning more.

  4. What source did this come from? I would be interested in researching the credibility and further learning more.

  5. This is oldnews but in some ways he was right. The majority of whites of that time were going to give blacks a hard time and be angey with them because of their freedom but had developed a different culture as slaves and unlearned..However it would have been just as wrong for blacks who nolonger had tribal identity to take over tribal land. The blacks who who were sent to Liberia became there masters and were just as bad as the Europeans were to Afrcans still there. I guess ABe wanted to cover up the rumors that his pops was black

    • Oh — I had not heard this one. Looked it up and there is a name: Iemis from a Kentucky plantation.

  6. I already knew something like this. Reading and doing research into good ole Abe showed that he didn't really like us or want us to be free. The emancipation of slaves was based on dollars and many felt that slaves were over-valued causing the some to speculate that the economy couldn't sustain it's current trend of economic over-valuation. Lincoln wanted to free slaves to prevent an economic collapse more so than do the right thing. Just looking back at the history of this country, it makes me wonder how many people really went to hell. After doing the research about 1910 Slocum, Texas, 1921 Tulsa, Oklahoma and others, I find it hard to believe that people did all this stuff and just went to heaven like it's all good. You'd think at this point that people would know better, but here we all are…

  7. Lincoln said, ” if I could save the union without freeing a single darkie I would not free a single one of them”. Lincoln did what he had to do to save America he was no black savior or had any symphony for blacks. Lincoln was a racist just like the present KKK and right wing fanatical Republican KKK members posting on websites. They are racist and hate mongers and should go back to England where they came from with this attitude.

  8. As stated before I was never a fan of the man historically known as “Honest Abe” and this statement supports my personal feelings.The man that should have occupied the White House was Thaddeus Stevens a staunch opponent of slavery in his time.It was said that he even wanted to impeach Lincoln simply because he felt that Lincoln didn’t do enough to end this peculiar institution.It was said that before Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation he sold black ppl outside the White House as if he was conducting a going out of business sale.According to a statement made by Dr.Claud Anderson Lincoln made a comment about the death of a abolitionist in public.The author Lerone Bennett wrote a book on Lincoln called “Forced Into Glory” in this book it was said by the author that if Lincoln had his way prominent black ppl of the modern era would be in the cotton fields as our ancestors.

  9. It makes me wonder what would the world REALLY be like had we taken that trip back to the Africa. Would the world be less hateful towards our race or nah? I mean what if we stayed and kept that country from the corruption it has now. What if it was the true land of freedom and it became better than America? Would others than recognize our abilities as Africans and possibly even feel insecure in themselves, maybe look up to us seeing all the things we would have accomplished as one? Fact is if we could unite as a race we would be more than equal. We would be superior. The reason why I say this isn't out of biased opinion but because it has been proven that we are simply built better. We have more room in our heads for creativity and physically, our bodies can endure SO MUCH (the sun, aging, strenuous activities {slavery proved that for 200 years}, etc) so long as we feed them natural foods, which is in abundance in Africa, we would thrive!

  10. Africa would be free by now and we would be in power once again. I say we fight for segregation or go to Africa, their waiting on us

  11. Truth be told are own people don't like us. It is no secret that Africans do not like the blacks that live here. They do not see us as equals.

  12. So, all that was needed was the free labor.

  13. Henry Louis Gates Jr. The Root scholar is the one written and research the article.

  14. Abraham Lincoln was kind of an idiot. He's upheld as one of the greatest Presidents because he freed the slaves and reunited the country. The truth of the matter is that, based on when he delivered the Emancipation Proclamation, he had no authority to free any slaves. The south had seceded from the US and Jefferson Davis was the President of the Confederate States of America. The concept of freeing the slaves was a farce and simply used as a morale booster for the war weary North.

    In regards to the issue posed in this article I have one question: How can you go back to a place you've never been? In the 1860s the majority of Blacks in the US had been born in this country. The slave trade had been going on for hundreds of years so most slaves were generations removed from ever being in Africa.

    Knowledge is power. What really makes a President great?

  15. They need to pay us what they owe us, then we can go back home…

  16. And what could possibly be wrong with that kind of thinking at that time in our history.

  17. I hope you guys realize that there is no black race or white race technically, there is only the human race. People laugh and look at me as if I'm a hippie when I say that but it's actually the truth. We are only different colors because the climates of where our ancestors resided demanded different pigmentation and eye color. It's why black people don't get bad sunburn. Because our ancestors lived in hotter climates. Separating the races was all invented to justify keeping a group of people in slavery. But for some weird reason even though we are more "enlightened" today we still follow rules set for us by the ignorant from centuries ago. Can anyone explain, why?

  18. Fucc lincoln and fucc the police.We need isis in america

  19. Alicia Collins Yes that is very true. However, I think had we never left in the first place there would be no reason for dislike because we would all be the same. Granted it seems practically human nature to hate and create problems, but imagine Africans overcoming such idiocy from seeing Europeans fail at life because of it? That would be awesome. ^_^

  20. If you go to wal mart they got a dvd that is call up from slavery and it will tell you the truth behind why they wanted to send the slave back to africa. Dvd is just 5.00 dollar.

  21. You are so right about that because i work we a guy who is from their and he told me all about the story and it is true

  22. True man made it up. Because we all came from africa. Because that is where everything started. Read your bible. And study your map

  23. He more concern about the union

  24. He didnt want salvery in the north. But all thing work together for our good. It got our people free.

  25. Enzera Boenzu if I am understanding you we didn't have a say so on leaving Africa. And if we would have gone back as we would have been lost we had lost our language those who came over on those first ship had long died along with who we once where. We lost are ability to hunt, mix medicine from the earth a lot of other things. Our problem is we do not stick together we keep blaming whites for our misfortune, we once had the most riches towns and it was destroyed by whites but why didn't rebuild and show how strong we are why not do this now. How many black business do blacks shop at. We are killing each on the streets. Once we stop all the tomfoolery we will be great once again

  26. If they wanted us to go back to Africa, they shouldnt have never taken us from there in the first place! They blame us (black people) for all of the crime and corruption in the country but where do they think our race learned how to act that way? Now on the flip, I do hate the people in our race who blame whites for our misfourtunes and struggles and you cant blame mordern day whites for what they did to our people, but they also cant act like like it wasnt thier people who started all of this! Our people were born kings and queens, our skin is of pure tone, we were the first people known to man, we built structures with pure knowledge and manpower that even a machine or a computer can rival, we are physically the most dominant race (just look at our athletes, we basically make up majority of the sports population! The crazy part of it all is that our own people hate eachother. We always try to one up eachother, we were tricked into believing life is a competition (amongst eachother), our own homeland basically looks down on us as if we had a choice to leave the motherland. Media plays majority of the part in that, and who owns the media??? Profit has become the worlds #1 goal, look at how they sell Jesus Christ on television, and i mean everyone from Joel Olsteen to T.D. Jakes, why do we have to purchase a bible, why does the 10% we are suppose to give back always have to be money? Why cant it be something as simple as assiting an eldery person across the street or helping a child build confidence to read? All im sayin is we cant ignore who is doing this to our people, but at the same time we have the manpower to change it. Lets be honest tho, if our people was to regain equal or more power, can we honestly say i would be better, with our mindframe as it is today? Be carful what we ask for!!!

  27. We are the dumbest race there is we let the whites hang our men,women ,children we should of went back to Africa instead of being a slave whites Will always consider us as niggers fuck the cowardly whites

  28. Alicia Collins who told you that Africans don't like us?? That's propaganda that was taught! We were taught not to like them and vice versa. They love you!!

  29. Larry Range a African told me that I was working at the mall and a lady was there she had this she accent I asked where she was from cant remember the place and that is when I got a history lesson. They don't see us as equals I was never taught to hate anyone and this is the first in my 40 years have I heard we were taught to hate them. I was taught to love everyone but watch out everyone who smiles in your face doesn't want the best thing for you.

  30. This is where we all need to do your history before you say things that really don't matter like the one about all being the human race, bullshit if we were why are we the last ones in this race. And we all didn't come from Africa we were here before the so called Indians. What you all need to do is get hidden colors the documentaries. 1,2, and 3

  31. They won't pay you because we were here already, and they know this so they figure why pay us when we were here to began with. We were called moors. And the world was called mo. Just like the moon was once a part of this earth. We have a rich and proud history that we know nothing about. It was strategically kept from us so we would be as brother Malcolm said lost in the land called North America, but little did Malcolm little realize we were already here. The moors traveled this world many many times as we should who can afford it and you will see the evidence that we left centuries ago. The white man has stolen just about everything from us even our woman. But I don't blame him for our woman I blame these weak ass bitches for not sticking with our black brothers because the grass looks greener on the other side. My allegiance is with my black race. I don't hate other races , I just love mine

  32. I feel you brah.When there was one land mass on this planet Pangea we had already covered the one contine

  33. MR. TILLMAN YOU CAN EASILY GO TO PLACES YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN AS IN GO NORTH TO FREEDOM THE MIGRATION NORTH TO CANADA ON THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD IS SOMETHING NOT MANY KNE HOW TO DO , BUT DID IF PRES. LINCOLN WANTED TO GIVES US FREE OUR REPARATIONS w/ COMPENSATION THE 1860's WAS THE TIME AMERICA WON'T PAY BLACKS CAUSE AM. THINKS THEY IMPROVED OUR LIVES ….DESPITE THE KILLING ,TORTURE AND LYNCHINGS ….BOOKER T WASHINGTON TOLD BLACK FOLK NOT TO LEAVE GO WEST OR NORTH BUT STAY WHERE YOU ARE , WHERE YOU WHERE BORN EVEN WITH JIM CROW AND THE EVIL DIRTY SOUTH …..GIVE ME LIBERTY , GIVE ME SHIPS , MY COMPENSATIONS AND I AM OUT …..

  34. Ricardo Spencer ….ASK I 2 B 1 MOST MASONS KNOW ABOUT HIDDEN COLORS ,BIG BROTHER SO NOT ONLY HAVE WE WHO SEEK EDUCATION BEEN MIS- EDUCATED BUT THE TRUTH HAS BEEN HIDDEN AND NOT TOLD NOR SOLD…IF ALL MEN COULD ELEVATE OUR MINDS , OUR THINKING WE COULD RISE ABOVE AND BEYOND TOTAL IGNORANCE AS PEOPLE …AFRAID TO FAIL AND SCARED TO SUCCEED , SOME OF US .HAVE ,LOOKED PAST QUESTIONING , OR CHALLENGING WHAT WE LEARN OR HAVE BEEN TAUGHT ….THINK OUTSIDE THE SMALL CORNER OF OUR BRAINS , OPEN OUR MINDS TO WHAT IS NOT CONVENTIONAL THINKING ….BLACK EXISTENCE ON THE EARTH …RULERS , KINGS MOORS SCIENTIST ,ARTIST …GREAT MINDS

  35. Alicia Collins No you misunderstand me. You are very right about a lot of what you say. But when I say go back I mean at that time when there was only a few years difference instead of a whole 200 years. If it was when the emancipation proclamation was written then we would not be so different from our African relatives. Now yes there is a big difference because our genes are forever changed. But I also must say I truly do not believe all African people look down upon us. I grew up around neighbors from Ghana and they treated us like family. The mother of the family considered me like a daughter because she has all boys. And till this day we are still friends with them. Africans are divided, African Americans are divided. But something happened to make us this way. Back then the situation was still salvageable. And even today if we were taught how to come together it can be saved. By that I mean our situation in America, and the issues in Africa.

  36. Abe was wrong I believe God put us all together so we would learn to love each other through our differences

  37. Be careful calling things "old news." In "N. Amerikkka", under this co-opted style of teaching, we can't blame our own for not knowing hings under "their" design of teaching. Self-education is the best of all, as THM "M-X" and Malcus "Mosiah" Garvey would say.

  38. Africa…is not a country.There IS no country called AFRICA.It is a continent,in which many ''COUNTRIES" reside.

  39. I find it interesting that 2 of the most polarizing figures in history in relation to black people–Lincoln & J. Edgar Hoover, one who supposedly freed our ancestors & the other one who headed an organization & secret program aimed at destroying the civil rights movement, The FBI’s COINTELPRO, both have been revealed as being of African descent. Lincoln’s mother was reportedly Mulungeon, who are descendants of the offspring of white & black indentured servants who were a huge population before official US slavery & apparently, Hoover was passing & one of his black relatives wrote a book about her infamous relative. It’s amazing & disturbing what the poison that is racism & white supremacy has done to us all. Sickness of the highest order.

  40. The Emancipation Proclamation was a strategic, political maneuver to throw the South in confusion. There were slaves in the North, he had the authority to free them, but the Emancipation Proclamation made it clear that it was for those in the states that had seceded from the Union.

    According to Bro. Dr. Lerone Bennett, Jr. racism didn't rear it's head in the USA until the time of Thomas Jefferson, and it was done to increase the amount of $$$$ from it, with the least opportunity for "payback" from the people that the slaves were kidnapped from, and the ease to detect a runaway slave.

    The Native Americans would give them the big "pay back" when any of their members were enslaved, escaped, and let them know where they had served. Thirty years after slavery the "Blacks" (Negroes) were called the 8th Wonder of the World due to their having accomplished so much with so little, in such a short amount of time.

    The former slaves wrote a 2 vol. book "THE COLLEGE OF LIFE" that helped them to chart their blueprint to accomplish their goal. Every leader in Africa who was there to help his people and country was assassinated by CIA types, just as every good leader here in the USA is, one way or the other, with the blessings of the FBI (COINTELPRO) and (FRUMENSCHEN).

    How will we do any better at setting up something with all of that wealth that the powers that be want, don't have, but have thousands of years of history of taking what they need from those who have what they need and or want? And they have the clout that can stop anyone they choose to stop from stopping them from doing what they want to do, when they want to do it, as long as they want to do it?

    We have a former POTUS who has been declared a WAR CRIMINAL but no country or group of countries or Special Forces dares to make a move on him while he's in the USA. The USA has been cited for violating many international laws, but what is being enforced on the USA? When the USA claims that others are in the same shoe, and the international court agrees, they catch hell. THINK and be aware of your surroundings as you read "ECONOMIC HITMAN" and "HOODWINKED" both by an American whistle-blower whose job was to corrupt new leaders in foreign lands, if possible, if not, then call in the CIA to have them "neutralized" one way or the other.

    The Africans are into tribalism, that's where the European wants to keep them, it's easy to create confusion with that system. What are they into now as a continent. Col. M. Qaddafi was trying to unite the various countries and the CIA was busy creating chaos with forged letters, etc. even after he was overthrown, to keep the color consciousness going on.

    A Sudanese Col. once told me that we should not look down on what our ancestors went through. I looked at him with a puzzled look on my face. He said, look at what you have about 3 times, while I looked at him with a puzzled look, then he said look at what we have. "We're the richest continent on the planet, but what do we have? Look at what you have." We're waiting for you brothers to get yourselves together so that you can come back home, and help us get it together. You know how to deal with this man, we don't.

    ARE WE READY TO START GETTING OURSELVES TOGETHER, OR DO WE WANT TO CONTINUE ALONG THEIR CHANNEL OF "LOOK AT ME" PROGRAMMING?

    If so let's network with written contracts, stating all that can happen and what is to be done at each step, just like a decent business plan, and MAKE IT HAPPEN!

  41. Slavery was in the North also, but it was not as dominant as the South's. And at one time "Blacks" (Negroes) owned slaves in the USA. Laws were later passed, if memory serves me right, starting with the State of Virginia that made it illegal for the Blacks and Native Americans to own "Whites". Dr. Lerone Bennett, Jr. states something like this in his booklet "THE ROAD NOT TAKEN".

  42. The last I heard when people get them good words spoken over their corpses it's usually said " From ashes to ashes, from
    dust to dust". That is our common origin and who likes ashes or dust all over their body or property?

    Man has channeled foolishness into us programming us to be what the powers that be want us to be. And for the ones who escape that, and they persuade via propaganda programming, they try to say they have mental problems so they domesticate them with prescription drugs that make them more of less zombies.

    World War III is on, and it is for the control of people's minds. Check out the "Georgia Guidestones", and you will see that what's happening is class warfare at a spiritual level. The deceptive, fake, move is to get everyone thinking that all of this is about race. The powers that be and manipulate everything on the planet know better.

    They're banking on the common man not realizing this, and if we do, they are banking on us being too programmed with their haters influence that we will not unite.

    We all come from Adam and Eve, by whatever name you want to call the 1st human couple, so we are all related, like it or not.

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  44. Sure. The way I understand it, our ancestors disobeyed holy ways so much, it was a penalty for our abominations. Also, if we are all so equal chemically, why is it we perform differently physically and have Melanin, whereas some don't? Stay Strong…you're well educated.

  45. Pan Afrikan Our bodies are a product of our ancestors' environments. For instance the high volume of high blood pressure and Diabetes in the African American community is due to the Salt intake suffered by our ancestors on slaves ships hundreds of years ago. It is why people who lived hundreds of years ago looked different than we do now. We are always changing. Our bodies adapt to our environment and we pass it on to our children, The more physical the environment, the more physically developed you will be, almost like working out. Those who cannot withstand the elements will die off and not bare any children, only those who can survive will bare more children leaving the community with more physically gifted individuals.

  46. Problem being, their greed has changed the game. More and more people of different races are being thrown together due to economic conditions. The whole idea of race is going to burn itself out in the near future. Well I sure hope so anyhow because this Black against White, White against Black thing is really tired.

  47. About time! The truth be told. He was no friend to us

  48. Old news…I learned in high school that Lincoln mission was to maintain the union only. Slaves being freed was secondary result. White supremacy includes black people too. There are no white people..white people in the bible were called "red" pink will give you a visual.

  49. He also have black children

  50. Whites were actually brought to this country as slaves before black people were.

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