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Black Americans: Do Not Buy Into the Hype

As the two-time impeached, convicted felon Republican candidate for President Donald Trump’s so-called Black spokespeople pursue Black voters to the Republican Party, they continue to tell the misleading, worn out, overused narrative that it was President Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican President, who freed the enslaved. Therefore, we, as Black Americans, should be loyal to that party. A much more thorough examination of this claim might reveal a different finding.  The historical fact is that if Lincoln could have saved the Union without freeing one enslaved person, he would have never dealt with slavery where it existed at that time. After the powerful United States Army defeated a weaker Army in the Mexican-American War of 1846, Mexico’s government was forced to sign the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. That was one of the greatest land grabs from another country in history. The United States took 55% of Mexico’s territory, including California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, most of Arizona and Colorado, and parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Wyoming. The Southern plantation owners were seeking more land to expand their operations. These new acquisitions were much too tempting to pass up, and they insisted that they be designated for their use. Lincoln also insisted that the territories be designated as free, and that set off the battle between the South and the rest of the country. It should be noted that Lincoln’s position at the inception of the battle was not to eradicate slavery where it existed but to prevent its expansion. …

As the two-time impeached, convicted felon Republican candidate for President Donald Trump’s so-called Black spokespeople pursue Black voters to the Republican Party, they continue to tell the misleading, worn out, overused narrative that it was President Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican President, who freed the enslaved. Therefore, we, as Black Americans, should be loyal to that party. A much more thorough examination of this claim might reveal a different finding. 

The historical fact is that if Lincoln could have saved the Union without freeing one enslaved person, he would have never dealt with slavery where it existed at that time. After the powerful United States Army defeated a weaker Army in the Mexican-American War of 1846, Mexico’s government was forced to sign the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. That was one of the greatest land grabs from another country in history. The United States took 55% of Mexico’s territory, including California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, most of Arizona and Colorado, and parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Wyoming.

The Southern plantation owners were seeking more land to expand their operations. These new acquisitions were much too tempting to pass up, and they insisted that they be designated for their use. Lincoln also insisted that the territories be designated as free, and that set off the battle between the South and the rest of the country. It should be noted that Lincoln’s position at the inception of the battle was not to eradicate slavery where it existed but to prevent its expansion. It should also be noted that Lincoln never initiated any sort of action to free the enslaved when he took office. He only responded when, on April 12, 1861, the Confederate forces opened fire on Fort Sumner, a United States government-held fortress in Charleston, South Carolina.

Instead of dwelling on Lincoln and his assumed commitment to the freedom of the enslaved, Trump’s Black spokespeople should be questioning why the Republican Party lost the Black support. No doubt, after the Civil War and up until 1964 and 1965, a large portion of the Black vote was still with the Republicans. It was the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act that led to the conversion of the overwhelming number of Black voters to the Democratic Party. Those two Acts accomplished more in the progress of forward equality than any one act in this country’s history. 

Black America was aware that it was the Democratic President and a Democratic-controlled Congress that made these important achievements toward equality possible. It is natural in politics that you reward that party that has helped you in your quest for a better life with your vote. That is what Black Americans have done and what they should continue to do instead of buying the hype about a President whose priority was not to end slavery in this country but to keep the Union intact.

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