Not the Great Emancipator: 10 Racist Quotes Abraham Lincoln Said About Black People

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Scientific Racism Lincoln and His Defense of Scientific Racism

According to Annalee Newitz, a journalist of cultural news, scientific racism “relies on allegedly scientific ideas — whether genetics or phrenology — to claim that some racial groups are naturally superior to other.” Lincoln was an upholder of this institution. In 1858, he said,“…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.”

Abraham Lincoln Portrait

Thoughts on the Difference Between Whites and Blacks

Robert Morgan, a writer for the Institute for Historical Review, confirmed that, on Aug. 14, 1862, Lincoln invited free Black ministers to the White House to have a conversation. Lincoln did not hesitate to convince them of their inferiority when he candidly said the following: “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 suffers very greatly, many of them, by living among us, while ours suffers 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.”