Saturday, November 15, 2014
The legend of the Willie Lynch Letter...
In 1712, William Lynch, a british slave owner in the West Indies, was brought to the american colony of Virginia to consult a large group of slave-owning inbreds on how to curb the mass revolts that were happening in the area.
The term 'lynching' referring to the hanging of Black men in america was actually attributed to him and his surname.
Now, I'm figuring if you've been reading my Blog for any amount of time you've heard about or have actually read this letter. But in case you haven't, I'm going to go over its main tenets here.
But before we do that, let's go over this first part of the Willie Lynch speech/letter in its entirety...
Gentlemen. I greet you here on the bank of the James River in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and twelve. First, I shall thank you, the gentlemen of the Colony of Virginia, for bringing me here. I am here to help you solve some of your problems with slaves. Your invitation reached me on my modest plantation in the West Indies, where I have experimented with some of the newest, and still the oldest, methods for control of slaves. Ancient Rome would envy us if my program is implemented. As our boat sailed south on the James River, named for our illustrious King, whose version of the Bible we cherish, I saw enough to know that your problem is not unique. While Rome used cords of wood as crosses for standing human bodies along its highways in great numbers, you are here using the tree and the rope on occasions. I caught the whiff of a dead slave hanging from a tree, a couple miles back. You are not only losing valuable stock by hangings, you are having uprisings, slaves are running away, your crops are sometimes left in the fields too long for maximum profit, you suffer occasional fires, your animals are killed. Gentlemen, you know what your problems are; I do not need to elaborate. I am not here to enumerate your problems, I am here to introduce you to a method of solving them. In my bag here, I HAVE A FULL PROOF METHOD FOR CONTROLLING YOUR BLACK SLAVES.
If installed correctly, it will control the slaves for at least three hundred years.
My method is simple. Any member of your family or your overseer can use it. I HAVE OUTLINED A NUMBER OF DIFFERENCES AMONG THE SLAVES; AND I TAKE THESE DIFFERENCES AND MAKE THEM BIGGER. I USE FEAR, DISTRUST AND ENVY FOR CONTROL PURPOSES.
These methods have worked on my modest plantation in the West Indies and it will work throughout the South. Take this simple little list of differences and think about them. On top of my list is “AGE,” but it’s there only because it starts with an “a.” The second is “COLOR” or shade. There is INTELLIGENCE, SIZE, SEX, SIZES OF PLANTATIONS, STATUS on plantations, ATTITUDE of owners, whether the slaves live in the valley, on a hill, East, West, North, South, have fine hair, course hair, or is tall or short. Now that you have a list of differences, I shall give you an outline of action, but before that, I shall assure you that DISTRUST IS STRONGER THAN TRUST AND ENVY STRONGER THAN ADULATION, RESPECT OR ADMIRATION. The Black slaves after receiving this indoctrination shall carry on and will become self-refueling and self-generating for HUNDREDS of years, maybe THOUSANDS.
In a nutshell, what dastardly Will is advocating is exploiting the differences between slaves so they'll fight amongst each other. In the latter part of this speech, he makes this plain by saying slave owners should pit light-skinned slaves against dark-skinned slaves, young slaves against older slaves, males slaves against female slaves, house slaves against field slaves, etc.
Now, not only are these methods still effective, but because of the 1964 Civil Rights act signed by President Johnson, which basically made 'integration' the law in america, these methods work more powerfully now than they did under segregation laws. Let me explain why...
In the early 1900's Tulsa, Oklahoma's 'Black Wall Street' was a thriving metropolis where many Black men were multimillionaires. The Black Diaspora there literally had their own banks, grocery stores, bus lines and every other kind of business associated with a thriving city. The american government bombed this city in 1921, calling this a 'race riot' to cover up for their dastardly method of stopping this city from continuing to prosper. Blacks were getting too powerful and Black women could wholly depend on Black men in this city to provide them and their children with food, clothing and shelter.
But the white elites were smart enough to realize that if they could keep bombing this community, Blacks staying in these segregated areas, would continue to build these businesses back up, thus continuing their growth. So whitey needed a sure-fire way to get our money into their pockets...their answer, intergration.
Enter Martin Luther King Jr.
Now, MLK spearheaded the Civil Rights movement and integration which was a trick played on us again, to get our dollars into white pockets. And it worked! We've never been as powerful since. Fast forward about fifty years later and this doctrine works so well, and Black men and women have been rendered so dysfunctional by its effects, that we can hardly date each other or engage in loving relationships with one another anymore.
The first thing elitist white fascists did when we entered their school system was create an 'education' specifically designed to make Black people hate themselves and each other; so for seventeen or eighteen years, if you're a Black man or woman reading this, you and I have been ingesting or ingested the white supremacist conditioning that has us now relegating ourselves to the status of sex toys for white, asian and spanish men and women.
How you ask?
If again, you are a Black man or woman reading this, whitey has us hating one another so much that we now spend the majority of our lives trying to date and mate anyone except another Black man or woman...ESPECIALLY if we have a college degree.
Also, the main tenet of the Willie Lynch letter is slave owners MUST GET THE BLACK WOMAN AWAY FROM THE BLACK MAN! It is and was imperative that Black men and women were and are made to hate each other through these white supremacist initiatives.
Now, I've said all that to say this, at some point we have to at least acknowledge 'consciously' that this was DONE TO US BY WHITE PEOPLE!
We can't keep thinking white people are our friends without staying in this cycle of dysfunction for the rest of our lives. Now, if you've been reading this Blog at all for the past couple of months, you probably know I advocate the use of meditative techniques to recondition ourselves out of this self-hatred at the 'subconscious' level. But as of late, I've gotten a lot of resistance to this idea. So what I'm advocating, or pushing for now is to make the Black Diaspora aware, at least consciously, that this was done to us; that's why the Black Diaspora is so ready to hate and hurt our own kind. If we can acknowledge this consciously, maybe it will lead to our doing something to correct this at the subconscious level, 'cause that's the place you really have to go to change behavior.
Or at this point, is the Black Diaspora so far gone, we don't have any chance of getting our right minds back?
I say where there's life, there's hope...and I can't give up on my people, it's just not in my nature.
So, if you are a Black man or woman reading this who considers themselves a Black Nationalist, conscious, or who just gives a damn about their people, and if you ever find yourself tempted to cast aspersion on our people for our negative behavior(s), think about the conditioning we've endured to make us this way. Remember, WE WE'RE NOT BORN LIKE THIS AND WE'RE NOT DOOMED TO CONTINUE BEING THIS WAY!
And the changing of our people believe it or not, starts with YOU!
So what are you willing to do to break this vicious cycle?