As we celebrate our first official Juneteenth National Independence Day, I find my mind turning to John Wilkes Booth who assassinated the tyrant Abraham “Africanus the First” Lincoln. It is worth remembering why Booth assassinated Lincoln. He killed him to avenge the South, to cut down a tyrant and to strike a blow against what the curse of “Black Republicanism” represented.
“When Abraham Lincoln was running for reelection in 1864, a typical Democratic Party newspaper warned that should Lincoln earn a second term in office, his administration would bring about the “blending of the white and the black”—an epidemic of black men and “snow-white bosomed” women falling into sexual liaisons—a profusion of “squint-eyed yellow babies” born to “every Abolition woman … quickened by the pure blood of the majestic African.” It was a common refrain that ugly election season, in which Democrats cast the coming election as a battle for the sanctity of the white race, a struggle with a clearly identifiable villain: “Abraham Africanus the First,” rumored to be “of negro blood … brutal in all his habits. … He is obscene. … He is an animal … Filthy black nigger, greasy, sweaty, and disgusting, now jostle white people and even ladies everywhere, at the President’s levees.”
This is what the Democrats were saying about him in 1864. It is also what Stephen Douglas warned would happen in the Lincoln-Douglas debates. Abraham Lincoln and the Republicans wanted to Africanize the country and degrade Whites to a social position inferior to blacks. In retrospect, we can look back on their dire warnings and conclude they were right as that is exactly what has happened.
“In the span of only a few years, though, as war consumed his presidency, Lincoln’s views on slavery dramatically shifted. He surprised his own cabinet in 1862 with his plans to issue an emancipation proclamation. And though he still occasionally floated the idea of “colonizing” African-Americans, in the months before he died, Lincoln had not only given slaves their freedom; he’d also begun to promote full equality, including voting rights, for blacks. …”
In what was arguably the single most dramatic moment in American political history, John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Abraham Lincoln in Ford’s Theater in Washington, DC in April 1865.
Booth leapt from the presidential box, raised his dagger over his head and yelled “Sic semper tyrannis, The South is Avenged!” Thus always to tyrants is the official state motto of Virginia. It is on the state flag. Back in those days, many Americans still identified with the classical republican tradition.
The decision, sadly, would prove to have dire consequences. When John Wilkes Booth, a young actor sympathetic to the Southern cause, heard Lincoln’s promises, he told a friend: “That means nigger citizenship. Now, by God, I’ll put him through. That is the last speech he will ever make.” Three days later, Booth shot Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre in Washington. …”
This is what John Wilkes Booth believed and why he killed Abraham Lincoln. It is also what the Confederacy fought for in the War Between the States. The Confederates fought to preserve the “Union As It Was” for posterity, NOT for a “New Birth of Freedom.”
“This country was formed for the white not for the black man. And looking upon African slavery from the same stand-point, as held by those noble framers of our Constitution, I for one, have ever considered it, one of the greatest blessings (both for themselves and us) that God ever bestowed upon a favored nation.”
This was the Republican National Convention last year!
Donald Trump ran for reelection on Juneteenth and the Platinum Plan.
“The Miscegenation Ball at the Headquarters of the Lincoln Central Campaign Club, Corner of Broadway and Twenty Third Street New York Sept. 22d. 1864 being a perfect fac simile of the room &c. &c. (From the New York World Sept. 23d. 1864). No sooner were the formal proceedings and speeches hurried through with, than the room was cleared for a “negro ball,” which then and there took place!
Some members of the “Central Lincoln Club” left the room before the mystical and circling rites of languishing glance and mazy dance commenced. But that Many remained is also true. This fact We Certify, “that on the floor during the progress of the ball were many of the accredited leaders of the Black Republican party, thus testifying their faith by works in the hall and headquarters of their political gathering. There were Republican Office-Holders, and prominent men of various degrees, and at least one Presidential Elector On The Republican Ticket.”
This is what John Wilkes Booth wrote in his diary:
“After being hunted like a dog through swamps, woods, and … chased by gun boats till I was forced to return wet, cold, and starving, with every mans hand against me, I am here in despair. And why; For doing what Brutus was honored for, what made Tell a Hero. And yet I for striking down a greater tyrant than they ever knew am looked upon as a common cuttthroat … I hoped for no gain. I knew no private wrong. I struck for my country and that alone … I do not repent the blow I struck. I may before my God but not to man.”