Understanding The Willie Lynch Letter
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER! UNDERSTANDING IS REVEALING!
With that said, as I look at the position of African Americans, namely males in this country I understand some things a little better after reading “The Willie Lynch Letter & The Making of A Slave”. It’s a very short read but it’s something every African American man, woman, boy and girl needs to read. It’s my belief it would give in-site on a few things we see going on in our families and communities.
Having had a change take place in me I can no longer go on and not speak up or speak out about the things that had attributed to my people being in the position they’re in. These letters, keep in mind, were written over 300 years ago to slave owners who had issues with their slaves. Problems they should have had by enslaving our FREE African Ancestors. The things outlined in the letters are profound and can been seen even today.
This was during a time when you had a free workforce (slaves). So I ask, what do you do with a workforce of thousands that you no longer need in 2011? Do you reduce opportunities for jobs and advancement which many who are part of the inner city may benefit from then build more jails and sale them to private owners so they can profit? I’m just thinking out loud.
The Willie Lynch Letter
“Gentlemen, I greet you here on the bank of the James river in the year of out 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 in not unique. While Rome used cords of wood as crosses for standing human bodies along its roadways 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. I guarantee every one of you that if installed correctly IT WILL CONTROL THE SLAVES FOR AT LEAST 300 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 its there only because it starts with an A. The second is COLOR or shade, there is INTELLIGENCE, SIZE, SEX, SIZE 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 we have a list of differences, I shall give you a 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. Don’t forget you 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 against the DARK skin slaves. You must use the FEMALE vs. the MALE. And the MALE against the FEMALE. You must also have your white servants and overseers distrust ALL BLACKS. But it is NECESSARY THAT YOUR SLAVES TRUST AND DEPEND ON US. THEY MUST LOVE, RESPECT AND TRUST ONLY US. Gentlemen, these kits are your keys to control. Use them. Have your wives and children use them, never miss an opportunity. IF USED INTENSELY FOR ONE YEAR, THE SLAVES THEMSELVES WILL REMAIN PERPETUALLY DISTRUSTFUL. Thank You Gentlemen.”