Monday, June 27, 2011

The Making of the African American,Negro, Colored or whatever we are told to call ourselves this year

This "speech" was supposedly given by a dude named William Lynch in the 1700's. There have been some doubts as to it's authenticity; however the tactics it outlines have been in use every since Black people were brought to this country. As a matter of fact, these tactics have been used to control and manipulate people of color all over the world. So whether or not this speech is legitimate and was actually given by a man named William Lynch doesn't really matter. What does matter is that it worked and is still working.

This speech was delivered by Willie Lynch on the bank of the James River in the colony of Virginia in 1712.  Lynch was a British slave owner in the West Indies. He was invited to the colony of Virginia in 1712 to teach his methods to slave owners there. The term “lynching” is derived from his last name.
[beginning of the Willie Lynch Letter]

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. I guarantee every one of you that, if installed correctly, IT WILL CONTROL THE SLAVES FOR AT LEAST 300 HUNDREDS 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. 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 vs. the DARK skin slaves. You must use the FEMALE vs. the MALE, and the MALE vs. the FEMALE. You must also have white servants and overseers [who] 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.”

 Please leave a comment and share your thoughts on this. I want to know what you think, whether you think  this "speech" is fact or fiction or if it's words  have really defined Black American existence in this country.


Deb said...

Dirty Red...Funny you should post this today because I was just thinking about it to myself over the weekend - I shit you not!

Your correct, the provenance of the letter cannot be traced (I tried a little a few years ago to no avail), but as you say:

"So whether or not this speech is legitimate and was actually given by a man named William Lynch doesn't really matter. What does matter is that it worked and is still working."

That was the exact conclusion to which I came this weekend, as I thought about how entrenched those tactics (and their results!) have become in our reality here and abroad. {smdh}

And the beat goes on...

Ankhesen MiƩ said...

So whether or not this speech is legitimate and was actually given by a man named William Lynch doesn't really matter. What does matter is that it worked and is still working.

Ding, ding, ding!!! The debate as to whether it's fact or fiction is merely a convenient distraction from the fact the tactics have worked nonetheless.

Invisible Man said...

Agreed. It worked, still works and will continue to work.

African American. Thats what I choose to call myself. I do so as a way to show respect for my ancestors and all they endured. Their religion, customs, dignity, language and family were taken from them. The least I can do is remember that & them.

Others may disagree and thats ok. Difference of opinion, discussion is never a bad thing.

Dirty Red said...

Great minds think alike huh?

So true...So true.. But the whole world is distracted and that is the problem.

Invisible Man,
I prefer to be called a Black American, if I have to be labeled.It is a damn shame I can't just be a damn "American" huh? I am not from Africa, don't know any African customs or any of the thousands of languages that are spoken on that continent. I have never been to Africa, none of my family has been to Africa and I have no relatives that I know of that are from Africa. My kin are from the Carribean. I am sure if you traced my DNA back far enough, some African connections would be found, but I am not African. I feel sympathy for the American Blacks that suffered for me so I would not have to. The ones that fought for my right to even write this blog. I pay homage to the American Blacks that fought racism for me so I would not have to. I hear where you are coming from man and I respect that; but as for me being called "African" anything is a slap in the face to all the real Africans that adopt this country as their own. The ones that chose to come here with all their language and culture in tact. Me, all I know is the customs of North Carolina, New York, Maryland and now Texas. Which the last I checked are not anywhere close to Africa.I know a little about Haiti and the Dominican Republic (that is where Great Great Papa and Mama Red hailed from)but only from stories and a little traditions that where shared with me as a child. But as far as Africa? Nawl Son.. Nothing against the African Brothers and Sisters, but I can't claim something that ain't me.

Invisible Man said...

And I respect and understand your position Dirty Red.

Thats one of the benefits of discussions, topics such as this. All sides of the issue can be presented and hopefully in some cases we can take a little of the discussion with us.

All the best.

Bossjack said...

....Not only does it work it works extremely well...however how as a people do we counter this divisive action we are faced with? It is difficult to come up with an answer that will apease everyone, or would benefit us as a whole.