I am not going to lie, I fell for it.

The lie gave me the confirmation that our self-hatred for one another as a “race” was deep-rooted in the conditioning of our ancestor’s masters. This gave me the answer to where the word “lynch” came from. This lie secured my belief that “we black folks need to wake up” and that maybe this year, we might just awake from a sweeping slumber.

However, I think as African Americans, we claim rigor mortis in our community a little too quickly. We’re not dead, yet.

Three hundred years ago, in 1712, a British slave master supposedly named Willie Lynch allegedly wrote a letter and read a speech to slave owners in the colony of Virginia. In the letter “Willie Lynch” states that he is there to teach his effective methods from the West Indies on how to control the slaves. “Lynch” says that he has the secret method in a bag that will keep slaves maintained for 300 years. In an excerpt from the speech, Willie Lynch allegedly told the white masters that,

“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.”

The most interesting thing about this controversial letter and “speech” is that over the years not that many people have rebutted its authenticity. As a matter of fact, several African Americans take this short, simplistic document as gospel. Even Louis Farrakhan mentioned the speech during the 1995 Million Man March.

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  • meme

    Even if the letter may not be true, the things mentioned in it are factual. Slave owners had many tactics to control their slaves, distrust, jealousy and loyalty to owner are many of the things they actually did to maintain slaves. Unfortunately, these things have hold true up to this present day, we as a people are often times jealous of our own and do not like to see each other get ahead. Light skin vs dark skin parties are still a thing. There is still an aspiration to be white, we still bleach and try to be accepted into white society.

  • BlacknAmazed

    How can something so fake….Read so True? Denial erases what? At the end of the day somebody wrote it..and they wrote it with intentions.

    If there is no evidence that this “slave master” who wrote these instructions ever did in fact write this. Then where is the proof that he DIDN’T exsist and didn’t write it? I’ll just go out on a limb and say for sure YOU were not there. And you re silly argument that we are some how still here. really. Well, do your research and you’ll find our numbers have declined and declining. You know…actual descendants of the slaves that were brought here. Which is a part of what was mention in these instructions…right? Research that then come back and tell the truth. Thank You

    I’m so sick interracial people behind these blogs and your nonsense. Like my grandmother use to say….You have to consider the source..Baby. especially when you visit these blogs.

  • BlacknAmazed

    LMAO…just had a thought. In a minute one of you brilliant bloggers will say what Michelle Bauchman (whateva) said….Slaves(married and raising kids) were living better than black folks today…LMAO I can feel a dismissal of slavery in America coming on by you people any day now.

    I wish people would do what they claim others don’t do and open their minds and look in to things with your glasses on. Don’t just try to take some high road when you know you can’t explain poverty, lack of descent school systems, drugs, police brutality/murders…. of course ….just last week you (this blog) said was less important than a white man getting questioned about carryin around a black child. And of course… actual black people now believeing that it’s not important for you to ever to see images of yourself…so the interracial/latino’s can work….lol ….Considering the source.

  • Lamar

    Contrary to whomever opinion I can attest that it is a real syndrome occurring in these current times my assumptions are correct and to be accounted for by all whom shall see clearly the facts our people and others are being pimped pandered and solicited willfully at times unwittingly befriended by people who firsthand conspired to destroy a race of people starting the disillusionment for us all(USA). Secondly these people live in disguise and concentrate on confusing us all(USA) once again the scheme of things is the hustle(hustlers) pimping us all ER [email protected] hoodshit.com right that’s what we do “SellOut” to wake up is for us(Bblacks) to make up & forgive one another and those who’ve trespassed against us. Overseeing “the letter” and put in the text of today’s tense if we continue to act in inappropriate manors and not acquiring truth,knowledge and self wisdom we being the beast of burdens (blacks) parsimoniously shall stay manipulated by bigoted posers infiltrating our ghettos our homes our minds, 1 love to us all …PEACE !