The enemy of my enemy is my “friend.”
The man who keeps me a slave is my “enemy.” Anybody who works to set me free is my ally, whether he “likes” me or not.
Was Lincoln the black man’s friend? He was compared to Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
Was Lincoln the black man’s friend before the Emancipation Proclamation? Nope.
Didn’t Jefferson Davis become the black man’s friend when the Confederacy passed a law enabling negroes to serve as soldiers in exchange for their freedom? Not as much as Lincoln was their friend. Davis’ “befriending” was too late regardless.
Is it really that simple? No, but it’s close.