Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Willie Lynch Letter: The Making of a Slave

For a long time I wondered why certain issues plagued the black community, where did certain ideas and ways of thinking come from. One day while listening to an interview with rapper J. Cole he mentioned the name Willie Lynch and spoke a little about who he was. And I immediately went to google to do a search...

Willie Lynch was a slave owner who in 1712 gave a speech in Virgina on how to control slaves. In which, Willie tells other slave owners that they must set their slaves against each other in order to control them. His logic was that by setting the slaves against each other they would not come together to try to over power their masters.

" must pitch the OLD black male vs. the YOUNG black male, and the YOUNG black male against the OLD black male. You must use the DARK skin slaves vs. the LIGHT skin slaves, and the LIGHT skin slaves vs. the DARK skin slaves. You must use the FEMALE vs. the MALE, and the MALE vs. the FEMALE

...By her being left alone, unprotected, with the MALE IMAGE DESTROYED, the ordeal caused her to move from her psychologically dependent state to a frozen, independent state. In this frozen, psychological state of independence, she will raise her MALEand female offspring in reversed roles. For FEAR of the young male’s life, she will psychologically train him to be MENTALLY WEAK and DEPENDENT, but PHYSICALLY STRONG. Because she has become psychologically independent, she will train her FEMALE offsprings to be psychologically independent. What have you got? You’ve got the nigger WOMAN OUT FRONT AND THE nigger MAN BEHIND AND SCARED."

"... if you take a slave, if you teach him all about your language, he will know all your secrets, and he is then no more a slave, for you can’t fool him any longer, and BEING A FOOL IS ONE OF THE BASIC INGREDIENTS OF ANY INCIDENTS TO THE MAINTENANCE OF THE SLAVERY SYSTEM."

Read more HERE

So many deep rooted issues that STILL take place in the black community can be traced right back to Willie Lynch's speech. Missing fathers, the role of the strong black woman, dark skin vs light skin, slang, division amongst black women, they way black children are raised, the important of education...

It's crazy to think that something that took place so long ago still has such a strong hold on our community. It goes to show that generational cycles and curses are real.

Do your part to education yourself and break the cycle of this destructive way of thinking and living.

1 comment :

  1. Divide and conquer never fails...
    Thanks for offering the reading suggestion, I'll definitely try and get my hands on that book!