Abraham Lincoln said the following on September 18, 1858 in a speech in Charleston, Illinois:

June 25, 2015 in News by Slad


Source: Freedom 4um

Published: Jun 25, 2015 

“I will say, then, that 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 [applause]: that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor of 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 white and black races which I believe will forever 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.” — Reply by Abraham Lincoln to Stephen A. Douglas in the first joint debate, Ottowa, IL; 21 Aug 1858

Democrats were racist as well, using the Republican anti-slavery platform against them in this political pamphlet of the day.