Thursday, December 16, 2010


I love the $5.00 bin at Walmart. I found a 2-pack of Ving Rhames films. "Animal" and "Shooting Gallery" - both were excellent films.

"Animal" was written around the real Willie Lynch speech. He was a slave owner who came up with a method for controlling slaves.

Here is the speech. There is nothing really new here - just the frankness of his words somehow brings home the reality of how easily evil plays people against one another.

"This speech was delivered by Willie Lynch on the bank of the James River in the colony of Virginia in 1712. Lynch was a British slave owner in the West Indies. He was invited to the colony of Virginia in 1712 to teach his methods to slave owners there. The term “lynching” is derived from his last name.

[beginning of the Willie Lynch Letter]


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. 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.

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 [who] distrust all Blacks. 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.”

This is reality today in American politics. 

Tomorrow, "Imagine Brownsville."  conned twice - we will be conned 3 times.


Anonymous said...

This sounded to me like one of those things someone makes up to support their cause to I did a little research. It took me about 45 seconds to find the following.

"The document has been in print since at least 1970, but first gained widespread notice in the 1990s, when it appeared on the Internet.[2] Since then, it has often been promoted as an authentic account of slavery during the 18th century, though its inaccuracies and anachronisms have led historians to conclude that it is a hoax" and
"Some online versions of the text attach introductions, such as a foreword attributed to Frederick Douglass, or citations falsely giving Lynch's name as the source of the word "lynching"."

Anonymous said...

Politicians have so much power; or control the people, because the people are ignorant and it is easier to be controlled than to take responsibility. We might also say that Lynch was the first Democratic Party Official to speak in the colony. Politicians have power because the citizens give them the power and refuse to take action or to educate themselves. The corruption and greed in politics is a reflection of the voters. The real "master" in a democratic society is the people...we are controlled and abused because we refuse to take action in our own defense. Most Americans will constantly bitch about things, but never get off their dead asses to take any action.

Anonymous said...

If Pat Ahumada has his way, the city of Brownsville will become a plastic bag free animal kennel. That's about as deep as he can think.

BobbyWC said...

To the longer post and the fraud post - thanks for your comments - when I was warching the movie I decided I needed to see what I could find on the Wllie Lynch speech - knowing Hollywood I thought maybe a made up story -

Based on further research after the post I find there is as much politics in the debate over its autheticity as there is over its contents.

Either way - the comments are very telling about how people are played to destroy one another - this should be the greater lesson -= regardless of whether it is a fake or not.

Also it should be a lesson in history - how much history is fabricated and how much is real.

I read a book by Robert Massey on Peter the Great - he used as sources the accounts of the Russians and Swedes as to the wars - the accounts do not describe the same battles - no one will ever know what really happened at these battles because both sides paid "historians" for the account they wanted

Bobby WC