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Lincoln was not whiter than white (so to speak), that's for sure. In 1858, he said, "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 was no modern opposition to affirmative action, but a statement that Lincoln was decidedly opposed to granting full freedoms to the slaves. By 20th Century standards, he was a racist, but, then again, virtually everyone in history would be. As late as 1862, he said, "If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it". It's probably that, had Lincoln not advocated emancipation from the outbreak, the Union would have been defeated, given the USA's antagonism of the UK.
Regardless, questioning the motives of a benevolent action is an act usually reserved for the greatest men. Lincoln was one of the least popular president of all time, and wildly exceeded his powers in attacking the Confederate States. Nonetheless, had a fissure been allowed or had slavery been tolerated any longer, the US would consequently have been infinitely weaker.
Moreover, his well-known support for colonisation of Africa or Honduras with freed slaves does not suggest racism. One can hardly make a case that the slaves had integrated into American society, nor can one claim that they were yet Americans. They would have been discriminated against due to the social reality that they were slaves, not because they were Black.
: "That last post of Bastin's is just too authoritative to argue against."
: "It scares the f*ck out of me but I'm with Bastin here."
: "Ah, there you go using that absurd über-memory of your's...not fair."
: "Even when it comes to rap, Bastin is an authority."
: "A most respected scion of Misty Albion, the illustious Bastin - the redoubtable defender of all our noble traditions."
: "Bastin is very attractive when talking nautical! "