The Great Colonizer


How many of your history teachers taught you about the Great Emancipator’s plan to ship the freed slaves off to colonies in Africa?

Very few, I would assume. None of mine did.

Colonization was a popular answer to the issue of what to do with freed slaves.

l know that some people in the GOP tout that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican, and he was, but he did not believe that freed slaves could coexist with whites:

“Nearly a decade later, even as he edited the draft of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation in August of 1862, Lincoln hosted a delegation of freed slaves at the White House in the hopes of getting their support on a plan for colonization in Central America. Given the “differences” between the two races and the hostile attitudes of whites towards blacks, Lincoln argued, it would be “better for us both, therefore, to be separated.”

As I stated, few people know that the Great Emancipator, President Abraham Lincoln was also the Great Colonizer:

“On that same day, December 31, 1862, Lincoln connected his name to a document that many of his adherents and later apologists would gladly forget: a contract with Bernard Kock, an ambitious and unscrupulous venturer, to use federal funds to remove some five thousand black men, women, and children from the United States to a small island off the coast of Haiti. It was Lincoln’s last effort at colonizing blacks outside the United States, executed only one day before he was to sign a proclamation putting into effect his first official effort at permanently freeing slaves in the country.”

Historians have deduced that Lincoln was ever the pragmatic politician:

“An examination of Lincoln’s efforts, and not just his rhetoric, in favor of colonizing blacks outside the United States suggests that Lincoln was as much motivated by political concerns as by his personal views toward blacks. His strategy was to propose colonization to sweeten the pill of emancipation for conservatives from the North and the border states, the slave states that did not secede during the Civil War; at the same time, he used political manipulation to prevent radicals from thwarting the colonization program and thus jeopardizing his ultimate goal of making emancipation an acceptable war aim to the Union cause. Lincoln, always a careful politician, admitted nothing of political motives behind his advocacy of colonization, so we are left only with his actions and the opinions of his contemporaries to lend insight into his true intentions. Yet even with such limited evidence, a clear picture emerges of Lincoln using the prospect of black colonization to make emancipation more acceptable to conservatives and then abandoning all efforts at colonization once he made the determined step toward emancipation in the Final Emancipation Proclamation.”

I don’t write this to demean Lincoln, only to illustrate to the hysterical, shrieking, banshees who are out for blood that even their heroes have a complicated backstory.

6 thoughts on “The Great Colonizer

  1. Yeah, I reckon Lincoln had the same attitude as those south Africans in Orania; they’ll work with black people, but they won’t cohabitate….same attitude as the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Albert Schweitzer. While he greatly helped the black people in Africa; he still felt a strong need for separation between the races. Hang on…

    “I have given my life to try to alleviate the sufferings of Africa. There is something that all White men who have lived here like I must learn and know: that these individuals are a sub-race. They have neither the intellectual, mental or emotional abilities to equate or to share equally with White men in any function of our civilization. I have given my life to try to bring them the advantages which our civilization must offer, but I have become well aware that we must retain this status: the superior and they the inferior. For whenever a white man seeks to live among them as their equals they will either destroy him or devour him. And they will destroy all of his work. Let White men from anywhere in the world, who come to Africa remember that you must continually retain that status: you the master and they the inferior like children that you help or teach. Never fraternise with them as equals. Never accept them as your social equals or they will devour you. They will destroy you.”

    For a bonus, I’ve found an article which includes the theme of your post, as well as some liberal fantasies about Lincoln and his view on black people:

    • Hmmmmmm…… Schweitzer’s words sound almost EXACTLY like what is coming from some of the Blacks towards all whites today.

      Interesting …. one would almost think Lincoln was right ( in the sense of prophetic) in his quote above :
      “.. it would be “better for us both, therefore, to be separated.”

      • Don’t think we need to be separated; just need some common sense. I get banned on the FB all the time (boo-hoo!) B. even banned me. I reckon bee charmers intimidate him….The reality is that I could give two wits about that as I have and will always speak my mind…………..oh, and my boobs are bigger than most people’s IQs.

            • I loved “En attendant Guffman” …… And It is always a pleasure to see a Fat Boy pivot on his flab rendering the social significance of Break dance obsolete.

              I did think though that this production was but a thin shadow of a Normal Night in the San Francisco Walmart. But hey we all have dignity and relevance now thanks to Kennedy right … Wotz not to luv !

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