Dexter Rogers

Dexter Rogers

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The mythology of Abraham Lincoln lives on

President Obama appeared at the Ford Theatre on Feb. 11 where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth in 1865. Before a star-studded crowd Obama showed a great deal of respect for the man he views as the gold standard of Presidents. Obama stated, "For despite all that divided us — North and South, black and white — he had an unyielding belief that we were, at heart, are one nation, and one people,"

Obama continued. "And because of Abraham Lincoln, and all who've carried on his work in the generations since, that is what we remain today."

Surprisingly the Lincoln mythology continues.

I strive to look beyond the obvious. I've concluded Lincoln has been molded to fit his mythic image many have been conditioned to embrace. History has hailed Lincoln as the great emancipator and the sympathetic liberator of slaves. But history reveals otherwise.

I hate to let the facts get in the way of a good story, but white historians have consistently provided the masses with a pre-packed version of Lincoln. They largely omitted the fact he was a racist and forced African Americans and whites to believe the hype.

Despite President Obama’s respect for Lincoln and the others who’ve been hypnotized by American hype conveniently neglect to mention Lincoln was a racist.

Orally Lincoln criticized slavery yet his deeds reveal his true nature. Lincoln never had a genuine spite for slavery. His actions were predicated ou t of political necessity. In a letter to Horace Greeley which in appeared in the New York Herald Tribune on August 22, 1862 Lincoln stated: “My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union.”

Lincoln felt those who sported those permanent tans were inferior to whites. Lincoln even wanted to ship slaves back to Africa. Lincoln stated: “I will say then that I am not, nor ever have ever been in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races (applause)-that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor 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 black and white races which I believe will for ever 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 and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race.”

Not until Lincoln met Frederick Douglass did entertain the notion of blacks having any level of intelligence worthy of respect. Douglass was a former slave who educated himself. He was an abolitionist and one of the best orators who ever lived.

Lincoln didn’t think slaves had the toughness to fight. He suggested if slaves were armed with guns they’d soon end up in the Confederates hands. Lincoln thought slaves were too stupid to use guns.

In sports the coach often replaces a player who is struggling to find a spark. Lincoln did the same thing in Civil War. When the Confederates were getting the best of the Union army Lincoln went to the bench. He called upon the slaves, who promptly turned the tide against the Confederates to bring about victory.

I thought slaves were too stupid to use guns?

Obama thinks Lincoln is gold standard? Obama praises a man who routinely cracked nigger jokes amongst his cabinet members in the same White house he now lives? Obama has a degree in constituti onal law yet he solely focuses on the myth of Lincoln while neglecting the entire truth about Lincoln?

I suggest Mr. President for you not only lead but educate the country. Stop continuing the on-going saga of disseminating fallacy in place of truth!

The biggest problem with education is the curriculums. They methodically seduce students to embrace falsehood. The only way to be properly educated is to access the right information then process it accordingly.

It's difficult to challenge history and have it readily embraced, especiall y when it’s HIS STORY that’s being questioned.
Sorry to say, but the aura of Lincoln is built upon legend not fact.

Lastly, keep this in mind. If the messenger is armed with the light of the truth there is no fear. What’s not understood today is often embraced to tomorrow.

I have no fear.


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