According to the biblical translation of the beginning of the world, God created Man and woman. All the following creations were made in pairs to coexist and build collectively. Somehow, the human race has deviated from that original design where it takes two to co-create a suitable habitat. The roles that actually help improve a community have been lost with time, especially in the black community. For example, instead of lifting one another up in interpersonal relationships, there is a claim for independence; that the more one individual is able to build alone, the more they think there is no real need for help. This isolated mindset has broken and can break an entire society.
In high school I was introduced to a system called Willie Lynchism by my American Literature teacher. For those of you who are unfamiliar, which I’m sure there are quite a few, the infamous Willie Lynch Letter is a very explicit manual in content that was produced and executed during the first century of slavery that outlines, in great detail, how to perpetuate, tame, and ultimately break an entire race. Every time I read it, my skin crawls and my heart is wounded, because it’s so inhuman. I never understood how anyone could have so much hate towards a group of people. The fascinating part is not even the cynicism, but the fact that a system that was implemented in 1712 still works in 2012! Not so much subliminal, slavery heavily exists to this day and Willie Lynch was very clever in creating a brainwashing mechanism that would invade the complete spectrum of African-American culture.
“…The Black slaves after receiving this indoctrination shall carry on and will become self-refueling and self-generating for hundreds of years, maybe thousands…”
Diving deeper into research in college, I discovered the relevancy of the division amongst black men and black women, the broken conditions of urban families, the degrading portrayal of women in the media, etc. to this letter. It all comes together in a way that seems morbidly impossible. It even breaks down the ego and false strength of a black male, as well as the independent psychology of a black female that causes both to fall out of the traditional roles that help build a society. Although there are individuals who break the cycle in incredible ways, there is still a great percentage left of black people who are stagnant and content in the current state of their own community; and by content I mean that they’ve accepted it so subconsciously that they are not willing to take the necessary steps to change.
The foundation of Lynch’s philosophy was to keep the body, take the mind, because if you take control of the mind, you have power over them. The slave owners were taught different ways to distort the mind and mold it to their liking. This meant changing the languages so that the people would be ignorant, forbidding interpersonal communication between a man and his wife, and the most prominent one, reversing gender roles. In gender reversal, the man would be brutally beaten and pulled apart, literally, by horses in front of his woman and his offspring, proving that he could not protect her, or his family. He no longer held the position as the head and leader of his clan. One drastic result of this was the black man being physically strong, yet emotionally weak/unstable and the woman was mentally strong and independent. This caused a separation of sex that would continue, because those same values were passed on from generation to generation.
I challenge all of you, no matter what racial background, to take initiative to research and read the Willie Lynch Manual. Bits and pieces can be found at your local library or by surfing the web. Unfortunately, this kind of valuable information is not included in most public school curriculum’s. Despite the diversity in my family, I am a black woman and proud to be one. I love who I am and where I come from unconditionally, but black people, we must strive to do better. The first step is to educate yourself, pass the information to a friend or loved one, then teach it to your [future] children when they are old enough to understand. After your studies, take a closer look at the status of the African-American community, corporate America, and so forth. All the pieces will eventually come together in a much more vivid way. Know history, break the cycle.