Reggie, I hate to post jack you, but this post has been on my mind since I read it and it has been the topic of discussion between myself and a dude I know, so I decided to write about 'ole Honest Abe too.
In my comment to Reggie's post I said....
"As for your Abe Lincoln quote... That man sho could write, huh? But I agree with one of the other commenters that said that he was just a politician. Abe was just like every other white man that lived during that time. He thought Whites were superior and in fact he was quoted as saying that as long as Blacks and Whites shared the same space, there would be conflict. He was in fact planning on sending all the freed slaves to Liberia, but he got his cap peeled before he could implement it. And yes he freed the slaves, but freed them to what? They could not write, read and they did not own shit. They went to one form of slavery to another. And even though I detest any Black person that still uses slavery as an excuse to act Niggerish, I have to say that the effects of slavery and being treated as fourth citizens are still being felt today. I do agree that he was a great President though. Even though he DID not have the best interests of the slaves on his mind, he still signed the paper that made it illegal for us to be on the shelves at your local Wal-mart."
Reggie provided some good quotes from Abe and other "heroes" of the civil war. I felt the need to provide a quote to back up the comment I made. And it goes a little something like this......
"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 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. I am as much as any other man in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race."
Abraham Lincoln, in the book THE WRITINGS OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN.
I also said that "The Great Emancipator" wanted to send all the people that looked like me and my man Reggie to Liberia. HERE is what I found concerning this.
I have never taken for granted what I was taught in HIStory class in school. I have always had questions that the (white)teachers I had in school either could not or refused to answer. They all made us believe that we owe everything we are to Abraham Lincoln. So I have always went to other sources to get my answers, and my teachers always had a problem with me when I questioned the version of HIStory that they were teaching. I was given detention more than one time just for telling the truth.
Now it is true that the man did have the nuts to buck the status qou and go against his true feelings about the Negra and sign the paper that made it illegal to own one of us like an I-pod.
Do we owe everything we have accomplished in this country to him?
Uhhhhh...... I believe the answer is no.
If ole Honest Abe had not signed the papers that "freed" us, then another President would have. Sooner or later the slaves would have stood up and made the slave owners lay down. And in the best interests of the Union, what-ever President that would have been unlucky enough to be sitting in the big seat would have had to do something to keep the piece. So in my humble opinion, it was inevitable.
I believe that schools should teach the true version of history instead of the sanitized version that I and millions of other school children received.
It is a known fact that history is written by the winners and in this case the majority population rules.
Nobody White wants to hear that the "founding fathers" of their beloved United States were nothing more than racist thieves and murderers that lied, killed and manipulated their way to start this country.
Nobody White wants to hear about how this country was actually built by people that they consider inferior to them.
We have been lied to and deceived since the beginning.
The brave men and women I owe my freedom to is not the White man/men that signed anything into law that they were forced to sign for political purposes, it is the Men/Women that actually fought for my freedom and paid for my right to exist with their blood.
These men and women looked like me and my man Reggie.
These Men/Women are the true "founding fathers" of this country.
They are the true patriots.
They are the ones that actually understood the meaning of the words, "All men are created equal."
So when I hear shit like Abe Lincoln freed the slaves, I have to laugh.
It is almost as funny as the lies that were taught to me about how Christopher Columbus "discovered" a land that was already inhabited.