"Keep the body, Take the mind." -Willie Lynch
There once lived a man, of incredible intellect, who had a dream for the African American community. He delivered a speech that would effect, and practically dictate, the future of an entire race. His name was Willie Lynch.
A pioneer in slave control methods and a genius at human psychology, Willie Lynch set forth a system with the goal in mind of it repeating and self sustaining for at least 300 years to come. Now, nearly 299 years after this address, I can tell you that it saddens me to see that his plan was a devastating success.
Willie Lynch crumbled the foundation of a race of people over which he and the slave owners had absolutely no physical advantage. He simply had a system that would break our spirits and allow him to gain control over us mentally using, in his own words “FEAR DISTRUST and ENVY”. Plagues from which our community has never fully recovered.
Willie Lynch understood one clear key thing that I would like to see not only black people but all people grasp one day, Together we stand, divided we fall.
And divide us he did. Our home structure was demolished. Men were stripped from their families. They were taught to work hard, not smart. Men were bred to be mentally weak and physically strong while women were bred to be mentally submissive yet independent. Women were “trained” to raise their children this same way and so the cycle began.
The self hatred we have for one another is a product of this mental manipulation and is still fueled by today’s media and society. Only blacks with “the right complexion” or “the right hair texture” are favored in movies and magazines. Brown skin and light skin still hols a vendetta for one another, women who wear weave dislike or envy those who have “good hair”. These seeds were intentionally planted in our minds in the time of slavery. We hate ourselves, and to hate each other, not taking into consideration the fact that no matter the shade, we are united under our beautiful race and can grow together from the same painful roots.
Slave owners kept salves uneducated on language, kept them from reading and writing, and made every attempt to break their ability to think independently. Strip a man, any man, of his education and nearly anyone can control him.
All I am trying to point out here, is that cycles regenerate naturally unless we break them. The only way stop making the same mistakes is to learn from them, and that can be applied to any type of mistake.
Willie Lynch claimed that only a phenomena could break this cycle, that it would continue on beyond his estimations unless something powerful were to break it. there may never come a powerful overnight change that wakes us all up, but maybe with enough strides in the right direction, we as a race will become powerful enough to be our own phenomena. Our culture is not dictated by Willie Lynch, or MLK, or Obama, but by each and every African American. How we conduct ourselves and how we treat each other is what dictates how we are seen and where we will go. There is no limit to what we can accomplish, but in order to break the cycles in which we are enslaved, we must first free our minds.