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    despite the fact that racism was invented long after Lincoln took one in the melon:

    There is no mention of racism in the text of any of the major religions, or laws, judicial systems, cultures, or anywhere else. Not one religious leader, philosopher, or political thinker ever heard about racism before the 20th century for one very good reason. RACISM DID NOT EXIST until it appeared when it was invented by race hustlers and dirty little moralists decades after the American Civil War ended.
    CNN’s “United Shades of America” host W. Kamau Bell wondered aloud during an interview Friday whether blacks should continue to believe that the United States is worthy of them shedding their blood to defend.

    CNN host W. Kamau Bell wonders if black people should still believe America is ‘worth fighting for’
    May 1, 2021
    Jon Dougherty

    Ding-dong Bell is hardly original:

    On April 28, 1967, Muhammad Ali refused induction at the Armed Forces Examining and Entrance Station in Houston, Texas, with a line that would become famous: “I ain’t got no quarrel with them Vietcong,” he told reporters. The boxer declared conscientious objector status that day, though it wasn’t really a surprise. He’d become outspoken about the vicious racism black Americans faced and saw their conscription as an absurd addition of insult to injury. “Why should they ask me to put on a uniform,” he said, “and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights?…I have nothing to lose by standing up for my beliefs. We’ve been in jail for four hundred years.

    Muhammad Ali wouldn’t go to war for a country that didn’t value black lives
    Nina Renata Aron
    Apr 27, 2018

    NOTE: The jailhouse door was thrown wide open at the end of the Civil War. The problem angry blacks always piss and moan about was solved more than two centuries ago ‘Emigrate to an all-black country in Africa.’

    The debate over whether states should allow the Confederate battle flag in close proximity to their state capitol -- reignited by the June 17 killing of nine African-American worshippers in a historic church in South Carolina -- has intensified discussion of slavery and the Civil War on social media.

    A reader recently asked us to check out claims repeated in a variety of places on the Internet that offer a revisionist history of the Civil War, with a sympathetic spin on behalf of the Confederacy.

    Here, we’ll focus on one of the claims from those sites -- one that calls into question whether President Abraham Lincoln was really "the Great Emancipator":

    "Martyred President Abraham Lincoln was fervently making plans to send all freed slaves to the jungles of Central America once the war was over," the Internet posts say. "Knowing that African society would never allow the slaves to return back to Africa, Lincoln also did not want the slaves in the U.S. He thought the jungles of Central America would be the best solution and conducive to the freed slaves best interest. The only thing that kept this from happening, was his assassination."

    We wondered whether mainstream historians believe that Lincoln was "making plans to send all freed slaves to the jungles of Central America once the (Civil War) was over" and that "the only thing that kept this from happening was his assassination."

    The short answer is that Lincoln had long favored the "colonization" option, though as a voluntary option rather than a mandated removal. Moreover, his issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, rendered even that voluntary option effectively dead -- and since that was more than two years before the end of the war on April 9, 1865, his assassination didn’t stop it from happening. Lincoln never spoke publicly of colonization after issuing the proclamation, and apparently did little behind the scenes to advance the idea after that date, focusing instead on creating a post-war society that included both blacks and whites.

    "The post is preposterous," said Michael Burlingame, a historian who holds a distinguished chair in Lincoln studies at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

    The notion of re-colonizing slaves in Africa had a long history. The main group supporting the idea, the American Colonization Society, was founded in 1817. "The goal was the charitable and restorative ideal of un-kidnapping people from their homeland in Africa by offering to use private funds to transport them back voluntarily, for any who so wished," said James M. Cornelius, curator of the Lincoln collection at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill.

    Monrovia, Liberia, was founded in the 1820s by former American slaves, and by the early 1850s, Lincoln and like-minded politicians were supportive of that approach. But by the mid 1850s, the anti-slavery movement shifted toward stopping the spread of slavery to newly admitted states in the Great Plains and the West.

    In his book The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, historian Eric Foner writes that by 1862, Lincoln, as well as politically moderate members of Congress, saw colonization as at least a piece of the policy puzzle. "Both the law providing for abolition in the District of Columbia and the Second Confiscation Act included provisions for the colonization of those willing to emigrate. During 1862, Congress appropriated a total of $600,000 to aid in the transportation overseas of African-Americans," Foner wrote. Policy entrepreneurs of varying trustworthiness offered colonization proposals in such far-flung locales as Brazil, Colombia, and the Caribbean island of St. Croix.

    But most black Americans weren’t buying. Seeking their support, Lincoln met with a black delegation at the White House on Aug. 14, 1862, and made the case for colonization. It was widely considered a failure. Lincoln offended his visitors, and others who read the after-the-fact newspaper coverage, by saying such things as, "It is better for us both, therefore, to be separated" and that for blacks to refuse to colonize elsewhere would be "extremely selfish."

    Did Abraham Lincoln plan to send ex-slaves to Central America after the Civil War?
    By Louis Jacobson
    June 26, 2015
    Last edited by Flanders; 05-02-2021 at 09:35 AM.
    The basic test of freedom is perhaps less in what we are free to do than in what we are free not to do. It is the freedom to refrain, withdraw and abstain which makes a totalitarian regime impossible. Eric Hoffer

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