It matters nothing if Lincoln hated blacks, or loved them deeply, or if the Union soldiers did either, except whether the policies they chose helped their war effort, and if the policies chosen by the CSA helped theirs. That is the point of my discussion.
At any rate, none of this has anything to do with my take on then and now, which has nothing whatsoever to do with yankees whatsoever, who to me are irrelevent.
Cherry picking quotations has no bearing either one way or the other. The facts speak for themselves, in the ideas I presented:
1- In 1861-1965 slavery was the constitutionally protected law of the land in the CSA, equality beween blacks and whites was not. Slavery was non-controversial in the CSA, arming slaves was. Thus the legislation brought before the CSA congress about arming slaves in 1865 was highly controversial, and was defeated. Slavery meanwhile was something they were very proud of, and before the CSA lost, they did not shrink from calling it the key issue. Those attitudes clearly shaped their policies in their own time.
2- In our modern era, equality of persons regardless of race is the constitutionally protected law of the land, slavery is not. It is the polar opposite of the situation in the CSA. Modern day CSA admirers are not proud of slavery, and it is minimized as a key issue. But they are very proud of black confederates, which they believe tends to support their theories that underplay slavery as an issue at all. Those attitudes shape their historical perceptions in retrospect.