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all over the topic called life! This time she talks
about The Willie Lynch Letter aka The Making Of A
If you are not in the mood for change or "real
talk" you may not want to read on.
know that $293 isn't much to us today. I could
spend that on my cell phone bill in a month's time
(boo to you, Verizon)...I could buy maybe 4 outfits
(and that's a big "maybe")...or I could
spend it on a nice dinner for two and ill bottle of
being: I could spend $293 in no time.
now think: how long ago is 293 years ago?
like a lot of time when u look at it now, right?
But in breaking that same number down in terms of
dollars and cents we realize that we really not dealing
with that large a figure at all, right?
the point is?
read The Willie Lynch Letter
Lynch, a white slave owner, delivered this speech
on the bank of the James River in Virginia only 293
years ago (1712). I'll be the first to admit,
obviously we are living in a different society now,
but the question is: how different?
as to display the similarities between Willie Lynch's
plan of action for "controlling your black slaves"
and today's societal plans for, what I like to call,
"maintaining your black ignorance," I have
provided inserts from his speech. "enjoy"...
caught a whiff of a dead slave hanging from a tree
a couple of 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 field too long for maximum profit...I
do not need to elaborate. ...I am here to introduce
you to a method of solving them."
have outlined a number of differences among the slaves
and I take these differences and make them bigger.
I use fear ,
and envy for
control purposes ..."
top of my list is "age" but it is there
only because it starts with an "a"; there
is "color" or shade, there is intelligence,
size, sex, size plantations, status on plantation,
attitude of owners, whether the slaves live in the
valley on the hill, east, west, north, south, have
fine hair, course hair, or is tall or short.
Now that you have a list of the differences, I shall
give you an outline of action - but before that I
shall assure you that distrust is stronger than trust,
and envy is stronger than adulation, respect or admiration."
one is my own personal 'favorite':"... You must
pitch the old black male vs. the young black 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
your white servants and overseers distrust all blacks,
but it is necessary that your slaves trust and
depend on us . They must love, respect and
trust only us ." (For your information: it really
hurt me to even type this last insert)
purpose of this rant is not to terminate alliances
formed between races or even to arouse levels of distrust,
but more-so to bring to realization the psychological
influences on the "negro" that were set
into movement as much as 300 years ago yet the ramifications
are still very much alive to this very day.
The difference, however, is that today we have placed
this psychological jargon on one another. Just
think, how many times have we said to ourselves and
others that "light skin is out" or that
"her hair is too nappy" (but coincidentally
you never hear " his hair is (too) nappy".
Ever thought about that one?). We've been 'got',
ya'll. We've been taught to bid against one
another. Old vs. Young, man vs. Man, male vs.
female, light vs. dark, and this list could go on.
Look at our broken families, our broken communities,
and our lack for unity. Does this seem coincidental
to you? It shouldn't. It's all directly
today's commercial and consumer based society we become
easily blinded by all that glitters and all that's
gold. It's almost unfathomable that we are
still, in a sense, slaves and products to a society
that profits from our exploitation just the same as
almost 300 years ago. Our commercial music
and lifestyle bids our youth against violence, our
natural features against the opposite, our men against
our women, our comm unity against material possessions,
and our very nature against one another. We
have to realize this and be come unity again.
once saw a movie (Everyday People) that broke
down the brotha / sistah relationship perfectly: 'although
u may not want to look to the next man and call him
"brutha", if KKK members came around the
corner on a horse yellin' "let's kill these *ninjas*,
you'd turn to me and say "let's run, brotha."
In other words our looking out for one another
need not be circumstantial.
let's do this! Let's change the way we think.
Let's greet one another properly. Let's
be one another's back bones. Let's build together.
Let's build one another. Let's learn
our history. Let's read. Let's own.
Let's educate one another. Let's provide
good examples and role models for our youth.
Let's say 'f--k material shit'! Let's be messengers.
Let's deliver these words throughout our communities.
Let's remember our historical leaders and social
change-makers. Let's not leave their work and
lives sacrificed in vain. Let's teach our kids
outside of public school history. Let's be
good parents. Let's be leaders. Let's
be accountable. Let's hold government accountable.
Let's stop calling one another 'niggas' and
'ninjas'. Let's tell one another 'I love you'
or 'I got u' or even 'I understand you.' Let's
hug one another. Let's do this!
an inkling of change is born from the simplest of
thoughts and actions...
do me these two favors: as you go back out
to face the world, whether getting on the bus, going
the store, paying the parking attendant or simply
walking down the street; say hello to your Brotha/Sistah,
and call them just that. Make direct eye contact
with a person of color and say "hi/sup/hello/how
u doin', Brotha/Sistah". They may or may
not look at you crazy, but it's a start either way.
And the second favor, remember the words in
this rant as you reflect on your day and meditate
into your next.
luv, One world, One family,
quote to remember: "I may not change the world.
But I guarantee I'll spark the mind of the
person that changes the world." - Tupac Shakur
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