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


Inspection and Sale of a Negro

Lincoln’s Promotion of White Supremacy

Lincoln was, indeed, a white supremacist. In his 1858 debate with Sen. Steven Douglas, Lincoln maintained, “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.”


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Uncle Abe’s View on Racial Equality

Lincoln was no supporter of racial equality. In fact, while debating Douglas in 1858, Lincoln declared the following: “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.”

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