Politics & Government

January 18, 2009 2:18 PM

Leonard Pitts: Lincoln might not have welcomed Obama's election

When Obama was elected in November, every third political cartoonist seemed to use an image of a celebrating Lincoln to comment upon the milestone that had occurred. But Lincoln likely would have been appalled. He was a 19th century white man who famously said in 1858 that "there is a physical difference between the white and black races, which ... will forever forbid the two races living together upon terms of social and political equality.''

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