About two years ago I became interested in the study of Black History. It all started when my aunt and I were having a discussion about religion, and she had made a statement that Jesus is black. Naturally I didn’t believe her at first, however she was patient enough to give me a explanation behind her “theory”. In the book of Revelations 2:15 (King James vs.) it states that Jesus had hair, the texture of wool and feet being burnt like brass. It was at that point that I was convinced that Jesus was indeed of African descent.
We began having regular conversations about Black History. On one occasion she briefly talked about the Willie Lynch letter and encouraged me to research into it. What I found was astounding, the crystal clear details enclosed in the letter appalled me. During the year of 1712, Willie Lynch gave his infamous speech about how he was able to captivate the minds of enslaved Africans. He was invited by the colony of Virginia, where many gathered around at the Bank of James River, to listen to him speak. Lynch was a British slave owner located in the West Indies. He became a significant factor to other slave owners when he wrote the letter, Willie Lynch letter: The Making of a Slave. This letter according to many thoroughly teaches the methods he used on his slaves to enable captivity.
Willie Lynch made it known that his methods where “tried and true” and he discussed the protocols in which he used to assist him in achieving his goal of controlling black slaves. He also mentioned that this threshold could have an affect over Africans for at least three hundred years IF installed properly. The first rule on the list of protocols was to differentiate the slaves by their uniqueness. Those differences were size, sex, intelligence, and were not limited to age or shade of “blackness.” He even considered the attitude of the slave owners as well as the sizes of their plantations.
The next step was the course of action. He took those characteristics and then instilled fear, distrust, and envy for control purposes. In Willie Lynch's words:
“…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.” (Final Call.com News)
Lynch mentioned that the slave owners must not forget to cast the slaves against each other as well. One example of this was YOUNG black male vs. OLD black male or OLD black male vs.YOUNG black male. It was sort of like a “vise versa” situation which forced the slavesto become competitors. Willie Lynch went on to say “But it is NECESSARY THAT YOUR SLAVES TRUST AND DEPEND ON US. THEY MUST LOVE AND RESPECT ONLY US… IF USED INTENSLY FOR ONE YEAR, THE SLAVES THEMSELVES WILL REMAIN PERPETUALLY DISTRUSTFUL.” (Final Call.com News)
Willie Lynch provided slave owners with the essential tools to then EXECUTE this brutality,which follows his outline. And that is the making of a slave. The Willie Lynch letter, whether you believe it to be true or not remains one of the major issues of African- Americans today.
My personal mission is to enlighten as many of our brothers and sisters, especially the younger generation. There is a lot of knowledge out there about African history that is not being taught throughout schools. Instead, our kids are misinformed. As a race we must start by learning our problems and identifyng the root causes of those issues. I believe this letter to be the foundation of what we witness today in many of our communities. We have been brainwashed, hood-winked and bamboozled. And with this letter began the DESTRUCTION OF OUR POWERFUL RACE.
Written by Cynthia Green