Lincoln held racist beliefs, as well Posted in: Opinions The following words were spoken by Abraham Lincoln at Charleston, Illinois in September of 1858 during a debate with Stephen A. Douglas. “I am not, nor ever have I been in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races ... I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of Negros, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor of intermarrying 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 ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!