Monday, August 29, 2005

Willie Lynch: Real or Imagined?

I was watching a movie today that I'll review later which addressed The Infamous "Willie Lynch Speech." I've read it before, but I thought I would post it here for those of you who have never seen and/or read it. Was William Lynch a real person? Did he really teach slaveowners how to control slaves in America?

Read on...



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.



Now many within and outside of The Black Community debate to this day whether or not Willie Lynch actually existed. My feeling is this: With the state of some segments of The Black Community and with the hard truths of this speech that are effecting Black America today, does it really matter?




Anonymous Anonymous said...

An extremely eye-opening document, whether the man himself existed or not, it is part and parcel of what is wrong with human beings in general, why oh why must we continue to think this way? Is it in our dna to be slaves (no matter what the skin colour) and can we ever have the courage to address this deep-seated scourge in our lives.
I really appreciate your blog and as a 'white' woman, find it revolting we still think this way as human beings.
Take care and thank you. :)

Thursday, July 07, 2011 4:26:00 PM  
Blogger Ken B. said...

Thanks for the response!

Friday, July 08, 2011 6:05:00 PM  

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