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Supposedly, this guy named Willie Lynch from the West Indies, during the most prevalent time of black slavery gave this speech about controlling slaves in America. There is no historical proof that this guy or his speech ever existed. It is known as  “The Willie Lynch Theory”, but there is also no proof of it having not existed; here are some excerpts:
         ” 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.” 

” 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. “

” 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.” 

 “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 a 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.”

“You must use the DARK skin slaves vs. the LIGHT skin slaves, and the LIGHT skin slaves vs. the DARK skin slaves. “

“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”.

 Mostly, it is seen as a modern fabrication, with no proof and seeing how some people like irony to a large degree, it could defiantly be something of out imagination—but either way—on the contextual basis—- the truth behind this is haunting. In fact a lot of black people all around the world have struggled with these issues for a long time and continue to have similar issues even today. If you know the history of Rwanda, the same methods were implemented and successfully caused two of basically the same people to turn against each other because of minor physical differences. Africa, in general, struggles with this as well, the Caribbean, black Americans also…with the “color complex” (another blog), skin whitening creams, light is better than dark skin mentality, “good hair, bad hair”, relaxers and perms. It’s still very prevalent in black countries and where black people exist all over this world. Even Ethiopia, which is the one, single African country never colonized, but has had white/other encounters, faces similar issues with skin color, hair texture, etc. A lot of this also has to do with the catholic, white standard of beauty, but nevertheless, it’s a form of self hate and mental bondage. See (Skin Deep|REALLY Deep)
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4 Comments»

  Keri wrote @

I believe this phenomenon of Black Mental Bondage was ushered into this world as a child of the slave trade and colonization of the African continent by Europeans. Sadly I believe it breaks down to the fact that the exploiters through ignorance or simple having evil intentions took advantage of trusting, ignorant and naive Africans. During slavery the method used to make sure all the slaves didn’t have solidarity was to divide and rule. Create superficial differences within the populace so as to create this impossible staircase of attaining the image the white man saw in the mirror. The slaves with the darkest of complexions would try to mate so their child’s complexion is “raised”. This still occurs to this day in Jamaica and I am sure across the world. Mostly so within the older folk who advocate mating with someone whose complexion is lighter than yours. Now this and other superficial differences created clear divisions within the populace of slaves resulting in classes. From these classes we have discrimination within. Reggae songs which try to rally all Jamaican’s and in extension Africans tend to use phrases such as “One Love” or “One Blood”, because as we know even the skin has different shades.
I also think the misuse of religion and the good book has also been a paramount agent of out mental slavery, I still see White images in churches all over Jamaica and on the local stations. It would be blasphemy if someone decided to use a black image of Jesus Christ. Why is this so? The removal of most of our history and replacement with biblical and European history which representatives are always white (even when it makes no sense based on facts and geography) we tend to allow these images to brainwash us even more. All this was deliberate and as we embraced the New Testament rather than the Old testament we forgave and gave grace. So from slavery to today we still are here trying to attain the features and characteristics of the house slaves, trying to be accepted. Of course slavery continues today, it has a different face but we still attached to strings being controlled by the Puppetmasters.

  indigoblu wrote @

Keri:
It is true but sad. The fact that we have allowed this brainwashing to continue, even after “freedom” is more pressing than physical bondage. Jesus obviously could not have been a white man with blue eyes traveling and living in a region of the world where the climate would not permit such physical characteristics. However, all the images around the world depict Jesus as a white male. In fact, calling Jesus a black would be an insult and mere slap in the face to many white people and others who are nonwhite or nonblack.
The idea of marrying someone based on skin color (lighter skin tone) is prevalent in a lot of black communities to “ligthen up” the race. It is interesting to note…that most of these people also claim “blackness” but at the same time….seem to be quite ashamed of “blackness” and look at it as something less/inferior to that of whiteness or lighter skin. One can only hope that as individuals, black people would want out of this mental bondage, it is unfortunate, however, that things are seemingly getting worse more so than they are getting better.

  Anonymous wrote @

Indigoblue,
It is true that lighter skin apeals to some people and are taken as better than darker skin. However, this is not true for all people and I have to disagree this is an issue in Ethiopia. To support my view why I disagree with you, I will present the views of two of my cousines regarding color. One of my male cousine who currently lives in ethiopia, including his brothers, dark skin females don’t apeal to them. I have noticed that from what they say and from what kind of girls they call “pretty”. On the other hand, one of my female cousine, she doesn’t like light skinned guys at all and she is really light herself. In Ethiopia, light skin girls are more attracted to dark skin guys. My mom once commented on a habesha signer who is light skinned, she said “ye wonid key yastelal”. It means “light skinned guys are not attractive”. So I think it depends from person to person and definately it is not an issue in Ethiopia as far as I know. We all have a certain flavor we like.

  indigoblu wrote @

Anonymous:
Of course I was not talking about ALL people when I made reference to Ethiopia, the Caribbean, black America, and other African countries. To assume that all people think one way is wrong, but this is the mindset of a lot of people. A lot does not by any means mean all people. Just as you can name an incident or people who prefer dark people over light (male or female), another person can surely name some people in the same country (male or female) who prefer lighter skin people. To pretend this type of thing does not exist in Ethiopia, as well as other black countries, would be a grave error.


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