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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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