Willie Lynch’s Slave Manifesto was allegedly presented to the Virginia slaveholders on the banks of the James River in 1712. There is some controversy as to the authenticity of this document, which is neither here nor there because the contents have proven to hold true. With written permission, I am reprinting the entire letter as taken from the Final Call website. All of the underlined words in this and all of my posts are links to website.
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At the conclusion of some paragraphs in Willie Lynch’s letter, I have shared my thoughts on the current impact of this blueprint for the “Making of A Slave.” I am apologizing in advance because some of the language is offensive, yet, necessary to establish both the tone and mindset of those who enslaved and still are enslaving Black African Americans.
The above pictures are indicative of White Christian Americans having a good time by lynching Black African Americans. The word “lynching” is derived from “Willie Lynch.” For whatever reason, White folks would decide to lynch any Black African American male, although they have lynched Black African American females on many occasions. So they would drink their liquid courage and get drunk then make plans to go out and “pick a nigger” to lynch. Several counties and hundreds, if not thousands of White Americans would turn out for these gala events. Food and beverages would be sold and good Christian White folks would even cut off the body parts of their victims, placing them in jars for souvenirs of their joyous outing. Read “100 Years of Lynchings” by Ralph Ginzberg. The phrase “pick a nigger” was shortened and cloaked in merriment. Thus, we now have the word “picnic.”
Greetings, Gentlemen. I greet you here on the bank of the James River in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and twelve. First, I shall thank you, the gentlemen of the Colony of Virginia, for bringing me here. 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. Ancient Rome would envy us if my program is implemented. As our boat sailed south on the James River, named for our illustrious King, whose version of the Bible we cherish, I saw enough to know that your problem is not unique.
The word “Gentlemen” as it is being used here is defined in the Encarta Dictionary: English (North America) as “a cultured man who behaves with courtesy and thoughtfulness.” Those slave owners were completely delusional in believing that they had any semblance of “courtesy.” On top of this, Willie stated that they all cherished the King James Version of the Bible which forbade Chirstians from killing.
Around the year 1600, Willie James, aka King James commissioned approximately 40 writers to produce his so-called “authorized version of the Bible, which was completed around 1611. He then placed it on his slave ships, (England had a slave ship named “Jesus”) and sent it to Africa to be used to conquer the indigenous people-our African ancestors.
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.
Gentlemen, you know what your problems are; I do not need to elaborate. I am not here to enumerate your problems, I am here to introduce you to a method of solving them. In my bag here, I HAVE A FULL PROOF METHOD FOR CONTROLLING YOUR BLACK SLAVES. I guarantee every one of you that, if installed correctly, IT WILL CONTROL THE SLAVES FOR AT LEAST 300 HUNDREDS YEARS. 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.
These methods have worked on my modest plantation in the West Indies and it will work throughout the South. Take this simple little list of differences and think about them. 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 an outline of action, but before that, I shall assure you that DISTRUST IS STRONGER THAN TRUST AND ENVY STRONGER THAN ADULATION, RESPECT OR ADMIRATION.
Let me augment Willie’s list of differences with a list of my own. The Baptist are against the Methodist; Pentecostal against Presbyterians; this Pastor against that Pastor and this Minister of Music against that Minister of Music. The Muslims are against Christians and everybody is against GOD ALMIGHTY. Let us not forget that this fraternity is against that fraternity and that sorority is against this sorority; this Historical Black College or University (HBCU) is against that HBCU and this public school is against that public school. This High School football, basketball or baseball team is against that High School football, basketball or baseball team. This neighborhood against that neighborhood and this gang against that gang. This family against that family and this family member against that family member. As you well know, the list is not complete, like that pink Bunny commercial; it can go on and on and on.
The Black slaves after receiving this indoctrination shall carry on and will become self-refueling and self-generating for HUNDREDS of years, maybe THOUSANDS. Don’t forget, you must pitch the OLD black male vs. the YOUNG black male, 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 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.
The year 2012, marked the 300th year of Willie Lynch’s Slave Manifesto and as we can see, it is operating on automatic. Unless there is a drastic curtailment in the mentality of Black African Americans, this insanity could easily go on for “thousands” of years as Willie predicted.
I attended the 36th Annual South Carolina Cross Cultural Conference where approximately 25 of us participated in a workshop on Willie Lynch. The only White person in the room was a middle-aged male and he sat there like an Overseer or Massa. The presenter was a Black African American female and only a few of us in attendance were aware of Willie Lynch’s letter, resulting in a very lively group discussion. As the discussion proceeded, I observed the White male assuming what appeared to be a very defensive, angry and hostile body posture, as evidenced by his arms folded across his chest and an apparent scowl on his flushed and nearly scarlet face. He seemed to be very annoyed with us for daring to engage in a dialogue about his insanely violent and inhumane ancestors.
From out of the blue this White male angrily snapped, “We need to stop talking and asking questions and allow the presenter to continue because I came here to hear her.” The room immediately went silent for about a minute or so, as I scanned the room, observing the facial expressions of my fellow attendees. Foolishly, I expected an outcry of consternation towards this White man who rudely interrupted our self-discovery. All I observed on their faces was what appeared to be guilt and shame at causing this White man to feel any semblance of guilt.
The presenter broke the silence by continuing her presentation. I was furious! Not at this White man, I was furious at the Black African American males and females who accepted this White man’s dominant position and immediately shut up and sat there quietly for the duration of the presentation.
At the conclusion of the presenter’s presentation, I spoke out by politely asking the White man his name. Once he told me his name, I addressed him by his name, telling him that part of the learning process was to be receptive of the thoughts of everyone in the room. I also pointed out that he appeared to be uncomfortable with our dialogues and because of his discomfort, he felt a sense of White entitlement to put all of us back in our subordinate places.
To my dismay, before this White male had a chance to respond, a middle-aged Black African American male immediately began defending this White male by telling me (without making eye contact with me) what a good man this White man was and how I was out of place for suggesting that he was taking a paternalistic position towards us.
Several others (both male and female) verbalized their initial discomfort at this White man interrupting their learning process, by acknowledging that they knew nothing about Willie Lynch prior to this workshop. Each one then hemmed and hawed and said this White man’s comments were appropriate. In short, these African Americans validated this White man and his comments and invalidated both me and my comments.
It did not stop there. As we left the room, several of those in attendance, both males and females quietly approached me in the hall and thanked me for my comments, saying, “I felt the same way you did. He should not have interrupted and allowed us to continue talking. It was the presenter as well as the moderator’s responsibility to say something if they felt we were interrupting the presentation.” To each one I said, “I really encourage you to learn all that you can about Willie Lynch as fast as you can.” I then quietly walked away.
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.”
LET’S MAKE A SLAVE
It was the interest and business of slave holders to study human nature, and the slave nature in particular, with a view to practical results. I and many of them attained astonishing proficiency in this direction. They had to deal not with earth, wood and stone, but with men and, by every regard, they had for their own safety and prosperity they needed to know the material on which they were to work, conscious of the injustice and wrong they were every hour perpetuating and knowing what they themselves would do. Were they the victims of such wrongs? They were constantly looking for the first signs of the dreaded retribution. They watched therefore with skilled and practiced eyes, and learned to read with great accuracy, the state of mind and heart of the slave, through his sable face. Unusual sobriety, apparent abstractions, sullenness and indifference indeed, any mood out of the common was afforded ground for suspicion and inquiry.
Frederick Douglas LET’S MAKE A SLAVE is a study of the scientific process of man-breaking and slave-making. It describes the rationale and results of the Anglo Saxons’ ideas and methods of insuring the master/slave relationship. LET’S MAKE A SLAVE “The Original and Development of a Social Being Called ‘The Negro.’” Let us make a slave. What do we need? First of all, we need a black nigger man, a pregnant nigger woman and her baby nigger boy. Second, we will use the same basic principle that we use in breaking a horse, combined with some more sustaining factors. What we do with horses is that we break them from one form of life to another; that is, we reduce them from their natural state in nature. Whereas nature provides them with the natural capacity to take care of their offspring, we break that natural string of independence from them and thereby create a dependency status, so that we may be able to get from them useful production for our business and pleasure.
CARDINAL PRINCIPLES FOR MAKING A NEGRO
For fear that our future generations may not understand the principles of breaking both of the beast together, the nigger and the horse. We understand that short range planning economics results in periodic economic chaos; so that to avoid turmoil in the economy, it requires us to have breadth and depth in long range comprehensive planning, articulating both skill sharp perceptions. We lay down the following principles for long range comprehensive economic planning.
Like a master chess player, the White man is thinking 10-20 moves in advance, which as Willie Lynch said, it equates to 300 to thousands of years in the future. In the meantime, we Black African Americans are thinking like checkers players, only 2-3 moves in advance. This only equates to at best, 7 days or 1 week in advance. Is there any wonder that the ancestors of Black African Americans disembarked from the slave ships and forced to the very bottom rung of the socio-economic ladder, where we are still languishing.
Both horse and niggers [are] no good to the economy in the wild or natural state. Both must be BROKEN and TIED together for orderly production. For orderly future, special and particular attention must be paid to the FEMALE and the YOUNGEST offspring (I highlighted the words in red). Both must be CROSSBRED to produce a variety and division of labor. Both must be taught to respond to a peculiar new LANGUAGE. Psychological and physical instruction of CONTAINMENT must be created for both. We hold the six cardinal principles as truth to be self-evident, based upon following the discourse concerning the economics of breaking and tying the horse and the nigger together, all inclusive of the six principles laid down above. NOTE: Neither principle alone will suffice for good economics. All principles must be employed for orderly good of the nation.
Please pay careful attention from here on. The lynchpin to the success of Willie Lynch’s Slave Manifesto is the Black African American Female and no one else. A race or nation can rise no higher, nor fall no lower than the females of that race or nation. Our entire survival as a race rests solely in the hands of our Black African American females. I will say much more on this later.
Accordingly, both a wild horse and a wild or natural nigger is dangerous even if captured, for they will have the tendency to seek their customary freedom and, in doing so, might kill you in your sleep. You cannot rest. They sleep while you are awake, and are awake while you are asleep. They are DANGEROUS near the family house and it requires too much labor to watch them away from the house. Above all, you cannot get them to work in this natural state. Hence, both the horse and the nigger must be broken; that is breaking them from one form of mental life to another. KEEP THE BODY, TAKE THE MIND! In other words, break the will to resist.
Now the breaking process is the same for both the horse and the nigger, only slightly varying in degrees. But, as we said before, there is an art in long range economic planning. YOU MUST KEEP YOUR EYE AND THOUGHTS ON THE FEMALE and the OFFSPRING of the horse and the nigger. A brief discourse in offspring development will shed light on the key to sound economic principles. Pay little attention to the generation of original breaking, but CONCENTRATE ON FUTURE GENERATION. Therefore, if you break the FEMALE mother, she will BREAK the offspring in its early years of development; and when the offspring is old enough to work, she will deliver it up to you, for her normal female protective tendencies will have been lost in the original breaking process.
For example, take the case of the wild stud horse, a female horse and an already infant horse and compare the breaking process with two captured nigger males in their natural state, a pregnant nigger woman with her infant offspring. Take the stud horse, break him for limited containment. Completely break the female horse until she becomes very gentle, whereas you or anybody can ride her in her comfort. Breed the mare and the stud until you have the desired offspring. Then, you can turn the stud to freedom until you need him again. Train the female horse whereby she will eat out of your hand, and she will in turn train the infant horse to eat out of your hand, also.
When it comes to breaking the uncivilized nigger, use the same process, but vary the degree and step up the pressure, so as to do a complete reversal of the mind. Take the meanest and most restless nigger, strip him of his clothes in front of the remaining male niggers, the female, and the nigger infant, tar and feather him, tie each leg to a different horse faced in opposite directions, set him afire and beat both horses to pull him apart in front of the remaining niggers. The next step is to take a bullwhip and beat the remaining nigger males to the point of death, in front of the female and the infant. Don’t kill him, but PUT THE FEAR OF GOD IN HIM, for he can be useful for future breeding.
The above is the exact process the FBI’s COINTELPRO and the police used in lynching former Black Panther Fred Hampton, et al. This technique is still in use today with much success. Every time a Black African American male is illegally stopped by the police while driving or walking in the presence of their women and children, the “breaking process” is in operation. It is on an even grander scale every time Black African American women and children visit their male loved ones in America’s prison industrial complex. I cannot imagine anything more degrading and humiliating than to have a full body and cavity search while attempting to spend a few precious minutes with your lover or child.
THE BREAKING PROCESS OF THE AFRICAN WOMAN
Take the female and run a series of tests on her to see if she will submit to your desires willingly. Test her in every way, because she is the most important factor for good economics. If she shows any sign of resistance in submitting completely to your will, do not hesitate to use the bullwhip on her to extract that last bit of [b—-] out of her. Take care not to kill her, for in doing so, you spoil good economics. When in complete submission, she will train her offsprings in the early years to submit to labor when they become of age.
Understanding is the best thing. Therefore, we shall go deeper into this area of the subject matter concerning what we have produced here in this breaking process of the female nigger. We have reversed the relationship; in her natural uncivilized state, she would have a strong dependency on the uncivilized nigger male, and she would have a limited protective tendency toward her independent male offspring and would raise male offsprings to be dependent like her. Nature had provided for this type of balance. We reversed nature by burning and pulling a civilized nigger apart and bullwhipping the other to the point of death, all in her presence.
By her being left alone, unprotected, with the MALE IMAGE DESTROYED, the ordeal caused her to move from her psychologically dependent state to a frozen, independent state. In this frozen, psychological state of independence, she will raise her MALE and female offspring in reversed roles. For FEAR of the young male’s life, she will psychologically train him to be MENTALLY WEAK and DEPENDENT, but PHYSICALLY STRONG. Because she has become psychologically independent, she will train her FEMALE offsprings to be psychologically independent. What have you got? You’ve got the nigger WOMAN OUT FRONT AND THE nigger MAN BEHIND AND SCARED. This is a perfect situation of sound sleep and economics.
Ask any Black African American mother with young sons and daughters what will their daughters grow up to become and they will spontaneously answer you. A few will tell you that their daughters will become doctors, lawyers, judges, businesswomen and even CEOs. Then ask these same mothers what their sons will grow up and become. A few will respond immediately by saying their sons will grow up to become a professional athlete. Sadly, far too many of these mothers will look dumbfounded. They will hem and haw before finally saying, “I don’t care, just as long as they are happy.” Tragically, too many Black African American mothers raise their daughters and only love their sons. I will say more about this later.
Before the breaking process, we had to be alertly on guard at all times. Now, we can sleep soundly, for out of frozen fear his woman stands guard for us. He cannot get past her early slave-molding process. He is a good tool, now ready to be tied to the horse at a tender age. By the time a nigger boy reaches the age of sixteen, he is soundly broken in and ready for a long life of sound and efficient work and the reproduction of a unit of good labor force.
By the time many of our Black African American males turn 16, they have gone from public school to juvenile prisons and are ready to graduate into adult prisons where they will continue to earn the White owners of America’s prison industrial complex hundreds of millions of dollars every year.
Continually through the breaking of uncivilized savage niggers, by throwing the nigger female savage into a frozen psychological state of independence, by killing the protective male image, and by creating a submissive dependent mind of the nigger male slave, we have created an orbiting cycle that turns on its own axis forever, unless a phenomenon occurs and re-shifts the position of the male and female slaves. We show what we mean by example. Take the case of the two economic slave units and examine them close.
THE NEGRO MARRIAGE
We breed two nigger males with two nigger females. Then, we take the nigger male away from them and keep them moving and working. Say one nigger female bears a nigger female and the other bears a nigger male; both nigger females— being without influence of the nigger male image, frozen with a independent psychology—will raise their offspring into reverse positions. The one with the female offspring will teach her to be like herself, independent and negotiable (we negotiate with her, through her, by her, negotiates her at will). The one with the nigger male offspring, she being frozen subconscious fear for his life, will raise him to be mentally dependent and weak, but physically strong; in other words, body over mind. Now, in a few years when these two offsprings become fertile for early reproduction, we will mate and breed them and continue the cycle. That is good, sound and long range comprehensive planning.
WARNING: POSSIBLE INTERLOPING NEGATIVES
Earlier, we talked about the non-economic good of the horse and the nigger in their wild or natural state; we talked out the principle of breaking and tying them together for orderly production. Furthermore, we talked about paying particular attention to the female savage and her offspring for orderly future planning, then more recently we stated that, by reversing the positions of the male and female savages, we created an orbiting cycle that turns on its own axis forever unless a phenomenon occurred and reshifts positions of the male and female savages.
Our experts warned us about the possibility of this phenomenon occurring, for they say that the mind has a strong drive to correct and re-correct itself over a period of time if it can touch some substantial original historical base; and they advised us that the best way to deal with the phenomenon is to shave off the brute’s mental history and create a multiplicity of phenomena of illusions, so that each illusion will twirl in its own orbit, something similar to floating balls in a vacuum.
Most older Black African Americans are clueless about Africa being the “Cradle of world civilization.” Through Christianity, they are taught that Egypt was a terrible country and world history has deluded them in believing that Egypt is not located on the African continent.
Furthermore, many college educated Black African American males and females erroneously believe that all knowledge and wisdom originated with the Greeks, conversely, they are quick to pledge their lives to a Greek fraternity or sorority. They will angrily argue with you, to the point of not speaking to you ever again, if you attempt to enlighten them by telling them that all of the knowledge that the Greeks possessed (as well as all of the White race’s knowledge) was stolen and plagiarized from ancient Africa in general and ancient Egypt in particular. Watch the movie, “Black History, Lost, Stolen or Strayed.”
This creation of multiplicity of phenomena of illusions entails the principle of crossbreeding the nigger and the horse as we stated above, the purpose of which is to create a diversified division of labor; thereby creating different levels of labor and different values of illusion at each connecting level of labor. The results of which is the severance of the points of original beginnings for each sphere illusion. Since we feel that the subject matter may get more complicated as we proceed in laying down our economic plan concerning the purpose, reason and effect of crossbreeding horses and niggers, we shall lay down the following definition terms for future generations.
Orbiting cycle means a thing turning in a given path. Axis means upon which or around which a body turns. Phenomenon means something beyond ordinary conception and inspires awe and wonder. Multiplicity means a great number. Means a globe. Crossbreeding a horse means taking a horse and breeding it with an ass and you get a dumb, backward, ass long-headed mule that is not reproductive nor productive by itself. Crossbreeding niggers mean taking so many drops of good white blood and putting them into as many nigger women as possible, varying the drops by the various tone that you want, and then letting them breed with each other until another circle of color appears as you desire. What this means is this: Put the niggers and the horse in a breeding pot, mix some asses and some good white blood and what do you get? You got a multiplicity of colors of ass backward, unusual niggers, running, tied to backward ass long-headed mules, the one productive of itself, the other sterile. (The one constant, the other dying, we keep the nigger constant for we may replace the mules for another tool) both mule and nigger tied to each other, neither knowing where the other came from and neither productive for itself, nor without each other.
Crossbreeding completed, for further severance from their original beginning, WE MUST COMPLETELY ANNIHILATE THE MOTHER TONGUE of both the new nigger and the new mule, and institute a new language that involves the new life’s work of both. You know language is a peculiar institution. It leads to the heart of a people. The more a foreigner knows about the language of another country the more he is able to move through all levels of that society. Therefore, if the foreigner is an enemy of the country, to the extent that he knows the body of the language, to that extent is the country vulnerable to attack or invasion of a foreign culture.
Ebonics was introduced into the Oakland, California school system in 1996 as an official Black African American language. It was also accepted as the norm in most predominantly Black African American school districts in America. Ebonics fostered in the genre of music known as “Rap/Hip-Hop” which many in my age group are hard-pressed to decipher the words. As long as we are embracing Ebonics, we will ignore standardized English, thus hindering our upward mobility as a race.
For example, if you take a slave, if you teach him all about your language, he will know all your secrets, and he is then no more a slave, for you can’t fool him any longer, and BEING A FOOL IS ONE OF THE BASIC INGREDIENTS OF ANY INCIDENTS TO THE MAINTENANCE OF THE SLAVERY SYSTEM.
For example, if you told a slave that he must perform in getting out “our crops” and he knows the language well, he would know that “our crops” didn’t mean “our crops” and the slavery system would break down, for he would relate on the basis of what “our crops” really meant. So you have to be careful in setting up the new language; for the slaves would soon be in your house, talking to you as “man to man” and that is death to our economic system.
In addition, the definitions of words or terms are only a minute part of the process. Values are created and transported by communication through the body of the language. A total society has many interconnected value systems. All the values in the society have bridges of language to connect them for orderly working in the society. But for these language bridges, these many value systems would sharply clash and cause internal strife or civil war, the degree of the conflict being determined by the magnitude of the issues or relative opposing strength in whatever form. For example, if you put a slave in a hog pen and train him to live there and incorporate in him to value it as a way of life completely, the biggest problem you would have out of him is that he would worry you about provisions to keep the hog pen clean, or the same hog pen and make a slip and incorporate something in his language whereby he comes to value a house more than he does his hog pen, you got a problem. He will soon be in your house.
You may need to reread this in its entirety for better clarification and then reflect on what you have read. Also, take a serious look at the state of Black African Americans and you will see that the Willie Lynch manifesto is still in operation. America totally demonizes Black African American males as part of the “breaking process” that Willie Lynch spoke on. White America, as well as the entire world gets it’s perception of Black African Americans in general and Black African American males in particular from the media. Therefore, if and when a person other than Black African Americans encounter us, they have a preconceived perception of how we are suppose to be. Look at how the media portray us as well as how we portray ourselves in our own music.
Whether Willie Lynch’s Slave Manifesto is a true document can be argued forever. However, whether or not it is based on sound principles is irrefutable. The proof is in the current state of Black African Americans. WE ARE STILL SLAVES.