Many years ago while doing research, I ran across the narrative of a most profound meeting held at the White House, between president Lincoln and a delegation of five, free black ministers. In that meeting, Lincoln made a proposition that if acted upon, would have changed the lives of every Negro in America immediately, for the better, if followed through with proper care. It was perhaps the most important moment in my search for an understanding of exactly how Coloreds, Negroes, Mulattos, and Blacks came to this state of ruin today, in a country that would have moved Heaven and earth to relocated them somewhere else, 151 years ago.
Problem was, I could never remember the name of the book where the story came from. We’re talking about the 1980s, before Google. I actually had to spend hours upon hours in libraries pouring through stacks of books to learn things. Today, Google, and guess what I found thanks to The 'Great Emancipator' and the Issue of Race, Abraham Lincoln's Program of Black Resettlement, by Robert Morgan http://www.ihr.org/jhr/v13/v13n5p-4_Morgan.html I found the narrative. I highly recommend you visit Robert’s site.
As always, I am simply going to copy/paste from Robert’s work, and interject my own commentary. This is a little long, but dramatically important:
“On August 14, 1862, Lincoln met with five free black ministers, the first time a delegation of their race was invited to the White House on a matter of public policy. The President made no effort to engage in conversation with the visitors, who were bluntly informed that they had been invited to listen. Lincoln did not mince words, but candidly told the group
““You and we are different races. We have between us a broader difference than exists between almost any other two races. Whether it is right or wrong I need not discuss, but this physical difference is a great disadvantage to us both, as I think your race suffers very greatly, many of them, by living among us, while ours suffers from your presence. In a word, we suffer on each side. If this is admitted, it affords a reason at least why we should be separated.
... Even when you cease to be slaves, you are yet far removed from being placed on an equality with the white race ... The aspiration of men is to enjoy equality with the best when free, but on this broad continent, not a single man of your race is made the equal of a single man of ours. Go where you are treated the best, and the ban is still upon you.
... We look to our condition, owing to the existence of the two races on this continent. I need not recount to you the effects upon white men growing out of the institution of slavery. I believe in its general evil effects on the white race.”
See our present condition -- the country engaged in war! -- our white men cutting one another's throats, none knowing how far it will extend; and then consider what we know to be the truth. But for your race among us there could not be war, although many men engaged on either side do not care for you one way or the other. Nevertheless, I repeat, without the institution of slavery, and the colored race as a basis, the war would not have an existence.
It is better for us both, therefore, to be separated.””
An excellent site for black resettlement, Lincoln went on, was available in Central America. It had good harbors and an abundance of coal that would permit the colony to be quickly put on a firm financial footing. The President concluded by asking the delegation to determine if a number of freedmen with their families would be willing to go as soon as arrangements could be made.”
‘Our race suffers from your presence among us; even when you cease to be slaves, you are yet far removed from being placed on an equality with the white race,’ really, and the Negro decided to stick around? So now it is one hundred and fifty one years later and Blacks are still whining about being second-class citizens… go figure.
“What about Barak Obama, he’s the first Black president of the United States of America! Are you trying to say that’s not progress?” my ultra-liberal Black associate exclaims. When you consider it’s the big corporations, bankers, and anything that looks like a tax that benefits from our mixed-race president, I wouldn’t call that progress, I prefer the word Coup’, in all it’s meaning an import. My point is from Lincoln, to Chief Justice Roger B. Taney’s, 1857 majority decision against Dred Scot;
“They had for more than a century before been regarded as beings of an inferior order, and altogether unfit to associate with the white race, either in social or political relations; and so far inferior, that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect; and that the negro might justly and lawfully be reduced to slavery… He was bought and sold, and treated as an ordinary article of merchandise and traffic, whenever a profit could be made by it. This opinion was at that time fixed and universal in the civilized portion of the white race. It was regarded as an axiom in morals as well as in politics, which no one thought of disputing, or supposed to be open to dispute; and men in every grade and position in society daily and habitually acted upon it in their private pursuits, as well as in matters of public concern, without doubting for a moment the correctness of this opinion.”
you have to ask yourself; why didn’t the Negro just get the hell out of America, and actually go back to Africa?
Think that’s an outrageous question? Hmm…! The continent of Africa is where most of the world's gold, silver, diamonds, uranium, a host of other precious metals, wildlife (back in the day, before the white men), lush scenery, and resources that every country on planet earth has been trying to get their hands on ever since the first White men saw the richness and wonder of all she had to offer.
The only problem; the land was crawling with savages—blacks—an infestation of sorts to the whites, that the daring invaders had to eradicate if they wanted to rape her and make ga-zillions of dollars. The land belonged to your direct ancestors, Negroes. They were happy living as the unwashed, in harmony with Mother Earth, the Great Creator, and saw living spirits in everything — the water, ants, trees, lions, tigers and bears, oh, my… but they weren’t ready for the Dutch, the British, and Missionaries.
“If we talk about education we have to educate ourselves, not with Hegel or Plato or the missionaries who came to Africa with the Bible and we had the land – and when they left we had the Bible and they had the land.” Stokely Carmichael, 1966
Of course the plan wouldn’t have worked unless they were able to convince leaders of various tribes to betray other tribes and sell each other into slavery for money, weapons, and trinkets. So they get snatched up, taken away, enslaved, and given a new (false) religion, which incredibly, the Negro still clings to today. The religion, I believe, is what kept them here, believing America would be for them what the Promised Land was for the Hebrews.
When they had the chance to go back to their homeland, taking with them all the technological understanding they gained through hard work and labor, they decided to stay amongst a people who despised and hated the very sight of a free “Negro,” in a land they would never truly be accepted as equals.
“…your race suffers very greatly, many of them, by living among us, while ours suffers from your presence.”
This is President Abraham Lincoln. ‘We suffer by your very presence,’ and he was being nice!
Going back to Africa would have been brilliant idea. Whom do you think made the steel, to fight the Civil War? Negroes working in steel mills north and south. Slave labor made the industrial revolution in America possible. Negroes existed and served on every level of American society, from the cotton fields to servants of the biggest corporations in America, to the White House. Think of the conversations Negroes heard from businessmen and diplomats from around the world? Think of the wealth of knowledge the Negro gained in every field of manufacturing, the sciences, business, railroads, architecture — knowledge that could have been taken back to the one place on earth everybody else wanted to be, except the American Negro.
They could have used all the knowledge gained standing next to the power in America, to consolidate and transform the continent of Africa into the super power it deserved to be, taking control of its natural resources, while educating its people to bring them into the 20th and 21st centuries. America — the world would have eagerly opened their arms wide to embrace the former slaves, because there was money to be made. But every step of the way, the one thing standing in the way of the Negro succeeding on planet earth as a people, has been the betrayal of the people by their leaders.
Now, 151 years later, stability never came to the continent of Africa and the Negro/Black/Colored/Mulattos are still whining with Oprah, about not being treated equally. Whether it’s Barneys or a gated community, the message has never changed from day one; free Negroes are not welcome.
They said, (Black people) with a so-called Black president things would get better for the Negro. Little Negro children would have something to aspire to: “One day, I can be president, just like Obama!” a little Black boy prays on bended knees.
Hey kid, get used to the idea that the God your people have been praying to for the last 400 years, isn’t your God at all. Also get used to the idea that you’re being replaced. The new Negroes are just across the boarder. They work for less, are happy to have jobs, never complain, are family oriented, dependable, save their money, vote liberal, are very polite — mostly Catholics (Church loves). And even though they can’t speak a word of English, at least it’s a language.
Another thing kid, America is trying to figure out what to do with all the Ebonicized G.L.F.P. (Gangsta Lifestyle Fantasy Program) Black teens that definitely won’t have jobs of any substance in the near future. This time, I guarantee a trip to Africa is off the table, and at this point — they don’t want to spend that much, not when they make more money putting you in prisons.
By, Herman Williams III
Special thanks to Robert Morgan