“Your solutions for black America:” Lincoln and CNN Perpetuating a “Problem People”

The September that Abraham Lincoln set foot on the battlefield of Antietam to issue the Emancipation Proclamation he met in the White House with Bernard Kock to discuss colonizing a small island off the coast of Haiti with free blacks.  The day before he signed the Emancipation Proclamation into law, January 1, 1863, Lincoln signed a contract with Kock to send nearly 500 black Americans from Washington, D.C. to that island as part of his continued efforts to colonize parts of Latin America and Africa with black Americans.  Had the colonization scheme worked, history would have dubbed our sixteenth president as “The Great Colonizer.”  Lincoln’s solution for black America, then referred to as the “Negro Question,” was based on the premise that blacks were a troublesome people.  Today, CNN has reframed that question for its “Black in America 2” special; visitors to the program’s website can now click on the “Your solutions for black America” tab and upload their answers to a question premised on the idea that African Americans are a problem people. Continue reading

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