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Thomas|Jefferson’s|”Secret”|Legacy

I first heard about this/saw it on a PBS special concerning Thomas Jefferson and his black offsprings some years ago.

Apparently, 3-4 generations of mostly blue-eyed African Americans were out to prove this as the truth, with no questions asked. As the story goes, and was so passed down, Thomas Jefferson had an affair with one of his slaves named Sally Hemings, and this resulted in a blue-eyed baby boy named Tom as well as other offspring. This was, of course, kept secret….like many other slaves who were in similar situations. The black family was certain that the story was true, especially considering that some of the family had inherited, supposedly, Jefferson’s baby blue eyes.

As the program proceeded, they were able to locate and get access to Thomas Jefferson’s tomb so that they could once and for all put an end to the uncertainty via DNA analysis. However, upon arrival to the grave site, the black family found that the tomb was there, but Jefferson’s body had been removed.

And so, the story ended this way. Apparently, the “white” Jefferson family, his wife’s decedents and others, went through the great pains of moving Jefferson’s body so that their “dirty little secret” would not be exposed, and these black people, would not have any part in their inheritance or Jefferson’s “white” family.

Anyway, what’s done in the dark, always comes to the light. As it turns out, the story gets a little more complicated…..

Additonal Information:

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1355/is_25_95/ai_54757743/pg_1

Black|Mental|Bondage

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)

White|Power

So here’s a theory about White supremacy and racism:

It’s all about power, it’s all about control, it’s all about self-importance, so they each play their particular roles. Think of it as a mirror. As a black person or nonwhite person, you look into this mirror and see racism for what it is.

  • Lower class whites vocalize blunt, racial slurs and negative stereotypes; these things are looking back at you as you look into the mirror.
  •  Middle class whites are there to justify this racism by saying and acting as if it doesn’t exist and it’s in your mind; the mirror is merely broken or flawed. You can not depend on a mirror to give you an accurate reflection.
  • Finally, you have the white upper class, running everything. They are the ones in most of the high positions, employing the working class blacks and others. More than this, they are the ones who created and sustain the mirror.

 It’s important not to get the roles confused because you will offend the classes.