Monday, June 23, 2008

Just A Thought



I am sure most of my readers have read and seen this and discussed this, but before you try to define what black is who is black enough and what black should be. Before we discuss what is black beauty. Reading this is part of my reason I try to see that black is black, however I need you to do something for me, I need you to remember.

Remember. I need you to remember what you learned about when we came here on that big boat chained to one another dying by the millions. We were a STRONG RACE. A RACE of people who while we lost millions in the passage, we managed to survive. While we were enslaved inhumanely and treated as less than a man, we managed to survive. While we were treated as second class citizens in a land that we were almost as indigenous to as the Native American (AB4AN), we managed to survive and even some what thrive. But for some reason it seems we DID NOT manage to survive this, Willie Lynch's letters to the slave owners, or the perpetual distrust for each other that his tactics did indeed create.

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 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 in my modest plantation in the West Indies where I have experimented with some of the newest and still the oldest method 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 JAMES, whose BIBLE we CHERISH, I saw enough to know that our problem is not unique. While Rome used cords or wood as crosses for standing human bodies along the old highways in great numbers, you are here using the tree and the rope on occasion.

I caught the whiff of a dead slave hanging from a tree a couple of miles back. You are 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, Gentleman,...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, I have a fool proof method for controlling your slaves. I guarantee everyone of you that if installed it will control the slaves for at least three hundred years. My method is simple, any member of your family or any 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 the top of my list is "AGE" but it is only there because it starts with an "A"; The second is"COLOR" or shade; there is INTELLIGENCE, SIZE, SEX, SIZE OF PLANTATION, ATTITUDE of owner, whether the slaves live in the valley, on a hill, east or west, north, south, have fine or coarse 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 IS STRONGER THAN ADULATION, RESPECT OR ADMIRATION.

The black slave, 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 VS. the young black males, and the young black male against the old black male. You must use the dark skinned slaves VS. the light skin slaves. You must use the female VS the male, and the male VS, the female. You must always have your servants and OVERSEERS distrust all blacks, but it is necessary that your slaves trust and depend on us.

Gentlemen, these kits are your keys to control, use them. Never miss an opportunity. My plan is guaranteed, and the good thing about this plan is that if used intensely for one year the slave will remain perpetually distrustful.

-WILLIAM LYNCH-1772


Be EZ,
OG

7 comments:

sdg1844 said...

The more things change, the more they stay the same. It worked then and it works now. Makes me angry.

Felicity said...

Willie Lynch and all them were demons. Where did these people come from, they were practising their evil among their own and they were able to prefect it among us, because we did not look like them. We have to break away from the past, and concentrate on the future. Sometimes, I feel as black people we have achieved so much and yet now 21 century we are falling by the wayside, especially some aspects of the entertainment industry, despite all of that, there are still good decent people who are going forward. Thank you very much for the tribute.

WNG said...

I live a little too near Lynchburg, VA for comfort. There are Lynchburgs all over the US named for him. Like you said in your beauty post yesterday - we need to embrace all of our choices and differences. We need to spread our arms wide to accept each other as beautiful (inside and out). Then we walk forward - together - and let Willie roll in his grave.

ZACK said...

The Willie Lynch rings true today. I feel bad to be apart of it becoming a reality. Really bad.

But blacks don't respect each other's differences. We just don't.

When I go out in public, I show confidence. But I still get laughed at -by my own people- for being a nerd. This is what makes me more bitter than some Willie Lynch letter.

A lot of people assume that I leave the house just sulking. I don't. I smile, but soon enough that smile fades as soon as I see "yo cousins" in public.

I dunno, O.G. We are divided...but isn't the 300 years almost up?

aulelia said...

this is just horrifying to read especially this part:

The black slave, after receiving this indoctrination, shall carry on and will become self-refueling and self-generating for hundreds of years, maybe thousands

That statement is extremely eerie and prescient in how we black people worldwide have been stabbed to our gut by colourism and other issues.

OG, The Original Glamazon said...

Yes this letter is completely moving and angering and it helps keep me in check.

@sdg1844- Its true things do change and stay the difference, but the difference is at least we are aware of the tactics. The more generations are aware of the damage the better we can do.


@felicity- your welcome but all I did was assemble and display stuff that is already out there

@WNG- I feel you on the lynchburg statement. I grew up around and near those redneck towns that held lynching so dear. *shutter* But you are right acceptance of one another is the key!

@Zack- I walk out everyday smiling and not all the black faces up here smile back or acknowledge me which is weird because in the south that is something all people do speak to one another as we pass black or white. What do I do, I continue smiling and speaking and I have notice with that attitude many of the blacks at work who didn't speak before speak. Basically my point is I am not going to the ignorance of others destroy the person I want to be. I refuse.

@ aulelia- Yes it is erie how what he said would happen is exactly what has happened to us. perpetual distrust is helluva emotion!

-OG

Keith's Space said...

Today after all these years, Willie
Lynch is still alive and well. His
methods are still engrained in our
psyches...That's why we aren't righteous with one another..Why
dark skinned doesn't trust light skinned, why men and women can't get it together and mostly why we
seperate ourselves along class lines. We as a people have got to bury Willie Lynch once and for all
times.