Was Abraham Lincoln not really that into helping blacks?

Question by Allen is really lost: Was Abraham Lincoln not really that into helping blacks?
I guess I have been whitewashed by my liberal education or something. I actually read this quote in a book. Although I have been taught at different times whether or not the Civil War was fought even in part to free-slaves, I was never taught that Lincoln was essentially racist, in the most pure and essential use of the word.

Abraham Lincoln, as cited in “The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln,” Roy Basler, ed. 1953 New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press:

“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 from 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 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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Answer by Liberal AssKicker
Where do idiots get ideas like this?

You think you can find one piece of writing to read Lincoln and ignore the fact that he fought America’s most brutal war for no other reason than to free slaves?

The Civil Rights Act of 1865 passed and declared the rights of black people equal to those of white men (those were it’s exact words).

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