Now that all the ladies know if we get pregnant it's our fault! What's your role as a Black man do you play?

 

The Black family is so broken? What will you do to support and break this cycle?(Black Man)

 

If the Man is the head of the household then why is all the responsibility being put on the woman? What's your role as a man?

 

  1. Why aren't more Black men supporting education for our children?
  2. What real role do you have in your childrens life if you can't support them for the first 18 years of their life?
  3. Are you just a sperm donor and that's it? 
  4. How does a Black man stand by and watch his kids not get the proper education that they deserve? "Because per the post Ghetto kids can't go to a school with middle to upper class kids because they don't have the right zip code. WTF!
  5. What is the Black mans role besides putting a black woman down because she was so stupid to have a baby by his azz?
  6. What did Black women do for Black men to be so flukin disrespectful to them? Because some of you act like you hate fulkin women IMO
  7. Why do Black men think when the shoe is on the other foot that they should be given a FLUKIN AWARD for raising their kids?

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wow...funny thing is..when I first read this, I couldn't imagine anyone  would actually reply to this or better yet try to defend the pitiful actions  you stated....but then I remembered you did state "black men" and only a black men would defend the most reprehensible, pitiful and sad behavior of another  black man...WHO DOES THAT SHYT?

 

It  is extremely apparent exactly what element of black male you are referring to:

 

dead beat, irresponsible, immature , careless, selfish, absentee, disrespectful,bitter...YET you got dudes in here defending this shyt like somehow you are talking about decent honorable upstanding good black men...ONLY A BLACK MAN WOULD DEFEND THIS SHYT.......

 

 

@Nia...Not defending...addressing.

It's so much that you say, it would be a page of responses to give you all your answers. You have real points and they deserve a response. You got a lot of anger too. Lol. I bet a lot of women have a lot of anger just like you. 1st off, us men need to step it up. The kids lives are at stake and we need to stop being selfish acting like we can't stop messing up. Own our mistakes and then fix them. Which brings me to the 1st and main question you posted. The role of the man ultimately is to guide his family to Christ. Along the way, providing for the kids is a job, loving the mom is a job, setting the example of honour and dignity is a job, and there are many more. But understand this, women must follow the man instead of tryin gto be his mom. Following and leading are opposites. You can't do both. Know your role also.

 

John 8:32

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Now that all the ladies know if we get pregnant it's our fault! What's your role as a Black man do you play?

A: I have one child, planned and made sure she as well as the family was taken care of.

 

The Black family is so broken? What will you do to support and break this cycle?(Black Man)

A: Yes, is seemms the Black family is broken.  When you hear statistics like 70% of Black households are headed by single mothers... where is dad?

 

If the Man is the head of the household then why is all the responsibility being put on the woman? What's your role as a man?

A:  Head of household is not necessarily a man.  If the man in the house ain't worth sh*t then the only thing he heads is the toilet to flush his sh*t out.

 

  1. Why aren't more Black men supporting education for our children?
    A: It appears too many of our young men these days are in the 'dumb it down mode.'  How can you push what you don't have?
  2. What real role do you have in your childrens life if you can't support them for the first 18 years of their life?
    A: I assume you are speaking in financial terms... although it does take money to raise children, the most important thing is the moral support... being in the children's lives and providing a positive role model.  There are many great fathers, mothers also for that matter that are poor and have a hard time providing financially.  But ask their kids and they would trade them for all the money in the world.
  3. Are you just a sperm donor and that's it?
    A: Are you just a sperm collector?  Yes, there are both types out there and both just as guilty for the plyte of children born out of wedlock and raised in single parent homes.
     
  4. How does a Black man stand by and watch his kids not get the proper education that they deserve? "Because per the post Ghetto kids can't go to a school with middle to upper class kids because they don't have the right zip code. WTF!
    A: See 1.  I went to one of the 'lacking' schools.  But you know what... it didn't matter.  My parents made sure I got educated.  Only A's and B's were allowed in our house... a C may as well been a F... and you don't want to know what happened if one of us brought home a C let alone anything lower.  How many parents... that includes mothers are that involved in their kids education no matter where they live?  I brought mine up the same way... only A's and B's allowed... that means the heads better be in the books.

  5. What is the Black mans role besides putting a black woman down because she was so stupid to have a baby by his azz?
    A:  All I can say on this is stupid is as stupid does.
  6. What did Black women do for Black men to be so flukin disrespectful to them? Because some of you act like you hate fulkin women IMO
    A: Allow it to happen.
  1. Why do Black men think when the shoe is on the other foot that they should be given a FLUKIN AWARD for raising their kids?
    A:  This is one I've missed.  Know a number of men that have custody of their children... some sole custody and the mother is no where to be found.  None of are seeking medals... they simply go about life as best they can to give the kids the best life they can provide for them.


    I will be the first to say brothers need to step up their game... especially those running arounfd making babies and then dropping out.  But then you have to look at most of these single mothers.  Never married, had babies as teenagers.  To begin with they didn't get pregnant by men... got pregnant by boys while they were little girls playing grown. Yes, at some point those boys do grow into men and should take responsibility for their kids but we know it does not happen most of the time.  And sometimes it's the boy's MOTHER that tells him not to claim sh*t.  And the truth be known, more than we want to believe, it thes hot little girls running around throwing that stuff at the boys.  It's nothing new... been going on for ages.  I have talked to many women with the same frustrations you have.  Most of them admit yes, they were hot to trot teenagers... got pregnant by a boy and though they've grown up the boy is still a boy in a grown body.  You think by now with all these powerful, strong, independent, single parent women out there word would have been passed down... KEEP YOUR LEGS CLOSED UNTIL THE
    MAN MARRIES YOU AND CAN AND HAS SHOWN THAT HE WILL PROVIDE FOR YOU AND ANY CHILDREN YOU MAY HAVE.  Yes, you women have the power but you don't use it... you give it away, get pregnant and then wonder why you don't have a man there with you to take care of the child.  It's simple... because you didn't have one, MAN that is to begin with.  No, it doesn't take the man off the hook but women are hanging themselves on that hook also.  As I mentioned above, I have one child, planned... after marriage and she (my daugther) was and still is my first priority even though she is now 29.  I wanted more but that's all I had while married... ain't having none out of wedlock. That's what both men and women should be doing and until we as parents start pounding that into our children's heads... nothing will change.  Unfortunately many parents don't have time to be parents these days... do you know where your kids are and what they are doing now?  You do??? really???  I just came from the park and I saw LaToya in the back seat of a car with a boy.  I started to say something to them but you know how crazy you parents are these days... I  ain't even getting in no fight because I tried to stop your little girl from bucking that boy.
@ Thunder

This ain't about me honey I'm far from angry! I will say this men leave wome for their own slefish reason with their children and they move on to do the same thing to the next woman and so on and so on.. I raised mine and he is doing very well.. If one parent gives up on raising the child, the child has to have someone.. And the mother is 9 times out of 10 were that's going to be. So I made my sacrafices and stop my life to raise my son and made sure he got the proper education the legal way.. LOL!

Anything about me always turn into something about women.. Lawd what more do you all want us to do, we holdin it down when yall leave us with boys and girls to raise with NO DAMN DADDY in sight! If I could have anything right NOW it would be a call from my sons father telling me thank you for raising such a wonderful son.. Hell he may not say that shiznic til I'm dead and in the ground..LOL! White folks ain't NO different from Black folks... They all do the same shyt..
Always Love..

@ Miami

 

I'm feeling your emotions. The wall will come down soon enough. Lol. Hope I didn't offend. I meant to say you seem as if you got a lot of anger. I hear the pain though. It gotta be hard on yall. You aint hear me defending my brothers. Encourage them, yes. As men we actually have the wide enough shoulders to take the burden. Understand some of the history that shaped the minds of black men and women. I add as a piece evidence the Willie Lynch letters. I f you never read them, please do. It was a systematic plan to keep the black man physically strong while at the same time makining him mentally weak and dependent on the black woman for survival. And it worked.

 

John 8:32

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I JUST HAD TO POST IT

 

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]


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. 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.”

 

If you got this far remember, there is more. Google it.

I Google too and this is the truth about the "fictitious" Willie Lynch Letter

 

DEATH  OF  THE WILLIE  LYNCH  SPEECH (Part I)

 

by Prof. Manu Ampim

 

Since 1995 there has been much attention given to a speech claimed to be delivered by a “William Lynch” in 1712.  This speech has been promoted widely throughout African American and Black British circles.  It is re-printed on numerous websites, discussed in chat rooms, forwarded as a “did you know” email to friends and family members, assigned as required readings in college and high school courses, promoted at conferences, and there are several books published with the title of “Willie Lynch.”[1]  In addition, new terminology called the “Willie Lynch Syndrome” has been devised to explain the psychological problems and the disunity among Black people. 

 

Further, it is naively assumed by a large number of Willie Lynch believers that this single and isolated speech, allegedly given almost 300 years ago, completely explains the internal problems and divisions within the African American community.  They assume that the “Willie Lynch Syndrome” explains Black disunity and the psychological trauma of slavery. While some have questioned and even dismissed this speech from the outset, it is fair to say that most African Americans who are aware of the speech have not questioned its authenticity, and assume it to be a legitimate and very crucial historical document which explains what has happened to African Americans.

 

However, when we examine the details of the “Willie Lynch Speech” and its assumed influence, then it becomes clear that the belief in its authenticity and widespread adoption during the slavery era is nothing more than a modern myth.  In this brief examination, I will show that the only known “William Lynch” was born three decades after the alleged speech, that the only known “William Lynch” did not own a plantation in the West Indies, that the “speech” was not mentioned by anyone in the 18th or 19th centuries, and that the “speech” itself clearly indicates that it was composed in the late 20th century. 

 

SILENCE ON  LYNCH  SPEECH

The “Willie Lynch Speech” is not mentioned by any 18th or 19th century slavemasters or anti-slavery activists.  There is a large body of written materials from the slavery era, yet there is not one reference to a William Lynch speech given in 1712. This is very curious because both free and enslaved African Americans  wrote and spoke about the tactics and practices of white slavemasters.  Frederick Douglass, Nat Turner, Olaudah Equino, David Walker, Maria Stewart, Martin Delaney, Henry Highland Garnet, Richard Allen, Absolom Jones, Frances Harper, William Wells Brown, and Robert Purvis were African Americans who initiated various efforts to rise up against the slave system, yet none cited the alleged Lynch speech.  Also, there is not a single reference to the Lynch speech by any white abolitionists, including John Brown, William Lloyd Garrison, and Wendell Phillips.  Similarly, there has been no evidence found of slavemasters or pro-slavery advocates referring to (not to mention utilizing) the specific divide and rule information given in the Lynch speech.  

 

Likewise, none of the most credible historians on the enslavement of African Americans have ever mentioned the Lynch speech in any of their writings.  A reference to the Lynch speech and its alleged divide and rule tactics are completely missing in the works of Benjamin Quarles, John Hope Franklin, John Henrik Clarke, William E.B. Du Bois, Herbert Aptheker, Kenneth Stampp, John Blassingame, Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, Darlene Clark-Hine, and Lerone Bennett. These authors have studied the details and dynamics of Black social life and relations during slavery, as well as the “machinery of control” by the slavemasters, yet none made a single reference to a Lynch speech. 

 

Since the Willie Lynch speech was not mentioned by any slavemasters, pro-slavery advocates, abolitionists, or historians studying the slavery era, the question of course is when did it appear?  

 

FIRST REFERENCE TO LYNCH  SPEECH

The first reference to the Willie Lynch speech was in a late 1993 on-line listing of sources, posted by Anne Taylor, who was then the reference librarian at the University of Missouri at St. Louis (UMSL).[2]  She posted ten sources to the UMSL library database and the Lynch speech was the last item in the listing.  Taylor in her 1995 email exchanges with the late Dr. William Piersen (Professor of History, Fisk University) and others interested in the origin of the Lynch speech indicated that she keep the source from where she received the  speech anonymous upon request, because he was unable to establish the authenticity of the document.  On October 31, 1995, Taylor wrote:

 

“Enough butt-covering, now it’s time to talk about where I got it.  The publisher who gave me this [speech] wanted to remain anonymous…because he couldn’t trace it, either, and until now I’ve honored his wishes.  It was printed in a local, widely-distributed, free publication called The St. Louis Black Pages, 9th anniversary edition, 1994*, page 8.”

 

[*Taylor notes: “At risk of talking down to you, it’s not unusual for printed materials to be ‘post-dated’ – the 1994 edition came out in 1993].[3]

 

The Lynch speech was distributed in the Black community in 1993 and 1994, and in fact I came across it during this time period, but as an historian trained in Africana Studies and primary research I never took it serious.  I simply read it and put it in a file somewhere.

 

However, the Lynch speech was popularized at the Million Man March (held in Washington, DC) on October 16, 1995, when it was referred to by Min. Louis Farrakhan.  He stated:

 

We, as a people who have been fractured, divided and destroyed because of our division, now must move toward a perfect union.  Let's look at a speech, delivered by a white slave holder on the banks of the James River in 1712...  Listen to what he said.  He said, 'In my bag, I have a foolproof method of controlling Black slaves.  I guarantee everyone of you, if installed correctly, it will control the slaves for at least 300 years’…So spoke Willie Lynch 283 years ago.”  

 

The 1995 Million Man March was broadcast live on C-Span television and thus millions of people throughout the U.S. and the world heard about the alleged Willie Lynch speech for the first time.  Now, ten years later, the speech has become extremely popular, although many historians and critical thinkers questioned this strange and unique document from the outset.

 

 

Full Text of the alleged Willie Lynch Speech, 1712:

 

"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 of control of slaves.

Ancient Rome would envy us if my program were 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 woods as crosses for standing human bodies along its highways in great numbers you are here using the tree and the rope on occasion.

I caught the whiff of a dead slave hanging from a tree a couple of miles back. You are not only losing a 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 fool proof method for controlling your Black slaves. I guarantee everyone of you that if installed correctly it will control the slaves for at least 300 hundred years [sic]. 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 is there only because it starts with an ‘A’: the second is ‘Color’ or shade, there is intelligence, size, sex, size of plantations, status on plantation, attitude of owners, whether the slave live in the valley, on hill, East, West, North, South, have fine hair, coarse 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 is stronger than adulation, respect, or admiration.

The Black slave after receiving this indoctrination shall carry on and will become self re-fueling 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 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. 

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."

 

 

WHO  WAS  WILLIE  LYNCH ?

The only known “William Lynch” who could have authorized a 1712 speech in Virginia was born 30 years after the alleged speech was given.  The only known “William Lynch” lived from 1742-1820 and was from Pittsylvania, Virginia. It is obvious that “William Lynch” could not have authored a document 30 years before he was born!  This “William Lynch” never owned a plantation in the West Indies, and he did not own a slave plantation in Virginia. 

 

DIVIDE & RULE 

The Lynch speech lists a number of divide and rule tactics that were not important concerns to slaveholders in the early 1700s, and they certainly were not adopted.  The anonymous writer of the Lynch speech states, “I have outlined a number of differences among the slaves: and I take these differences and make them bigger.”  Here is the list provided in the Lynch speech: age, color, intelligence, fine hair vs. coarse hair, tall vs. short, male vs. female.

 

However, none of these “tactics” were concerns to slaveholders in the early 1700s in the West Indies or colonial America.  No credible historian has indicated that any of the items on the Lynch list were a part of a divide and rule strategy in the early 18th century.  These are current 20th century divisions and concerns.   Here are the Lynch speech tactics versus the real divide and rule tactics that were actually used in the early 18th century:

                         

DIVIDE  &  RULE  TACTICS

 

   LYNCH  SPEECH  vs.    HISTORICAL  FACTS

 

Age                                         Ethnic origin & language

Color (light vs. dark skin)       African born vs. American born

Intelligence                             Occupation (house vs. field slave)

Fine hair vs. coarse hair           Reward system for “good” behavior

Tall vs. short                            Class status

Male vs. female                       Outlawed social gatherings

 

It is certain that “Willie Lynch” did not use his divide and rule tactics on his “modest plantation in the West Indies.”

 

 

20th CENTURY  TERMS IN LYNCH  SPEECH

There are a number of terms in the alleged 1712 Lynch speech that are undoubtedly anachronisms (i.e. words that are out of their proper historical time period).  Here are a few of the words in the speech that were not used until the 20th century:

 

Lynch speech: “In my bag here, I have a fool proof method for controlling your Black slaves.”

 

Anachronisms: “Fool proof” and “Black” with an upper-case “B” to refer to people of African descent are of 20th century origin.  Capitalizing “Black” did not become a standard from of writing until the late 1960s.

 

Lynch speech: “The Black slave after receiving this indoctrination shall carry on and will become self re-fueling and self generating for hundreds of years.”

 

Anachronism:  “Re-fueling” is a 20th century term which refers to transportation.

 

 

OTHER  STRANGE  FEATURES

  • William Lynch is invited from the “West Indies” (with no specific country indicated) to give only a short eight-paragraph speech.  The cost of such a trip would have been considerable, and for the invited speaker to give only general remarks would have been highly unlikely.

 

  • Lynch never thanked the specific host of his speech, he only thanked “the gentlemen of the Colony of Virginia, for bringing me here.”  Here, he is rude and shows a lack of etiquette.  Also, no specific location for the speech was stated, only that he was speaking “on the bank [sic] of the James River.”

 

  • Lynch claims that on his journey to give the speech he saw “a dead slave hanging from a tree.”  This is highly unlikely because lynching African Americans from trees did not become common until the late 19th century.

 

  • Lynch claims that his method of control will work for “at least 300 hundred years [sic].”   First, it has gone unnoticed that the modern writer of the “speech” wrote three hundred twice (“300 hundred years”), which makes no grammatical sense.  It should be “300 years” or “three hundred years.”  Second, the arbitrary choice of 300 years is interesting because it happens to conveniently bring us to the present time.

 

  • Lynch claims that his method of control “will work throughout the South.”  This statement clearly shows the modern writer’s historical ignorance.  In 1712, there was no region in the current-day U.S. identified as the “South.” The geographical region of the “South” did not become distinct until a century after the alleged speech.  Before the American Revolutionary War vs. Britain (1775-1783) the 13 original U.S. colonies were all slaveholding regions, and most of these colonies were in what later became the North, not the “South.”  In fact, the region with the second largest slave population during the time of the alleged William Lynch speech was the northern city of  New York, where there were a significant number of slave revolts including the rebellion in 1712.

 

  • Lynch fails to give “an outline of action” for control as he promised in his speech.  He only gives a “simple little list of differences” among “Black slaves.”

 

  • Lynch lists his differences by alphabetical order, he states: “On top of my list is ‘Age’, but it is there only because it starts with an ‘A’. “  Yet, after the first two differences (“age” and “color”), Lynch’s list is anything but alphabetical.

 

  • Lynch spells “color” in the American form instead of the British form (“colour”).  We are led to believe that Lynch was a British slaveowner in the “West Indies,” yet he does not write in British style.

 

  • Lastly, the name Willie Lynch is interesting, as it may be a simple play on words: “Will Lynch,” or “Will he Lynch.”  This may be a modern psychological game being played on unsuspecting believers?

 

WHO WROTE THE LYNCH SPEECH?

It is clear that the “Willie Lynch Speech” is a late 20th century invention because of the numerous reasons outlined in this essay.  I would advance that the likely candidate for such a superficial speech is an African American male in the 20s-30s age range, who probably minored in Black Studies in college. He had a limited knowledge of 18th century America, but unfortunately he fooled many uncritical Black people. 

 

Some people argue that it doesn’t matter if the speech is fact or fiction, because white people did use tactics to divide us.  Of course tactics were used but what advocates of this argument don’t understand is that African people will not solve our problems and address the real issues confronting us by adopting half-baked urban myths.  If there are people who know that the Lynch speech is fictional, yet continue to promote it in order to “wake us up,” then we should be very suspicious of these people, who lack integrity and will openly violate trust and willingly lie to our community. 

 

Even if the Willie Lynch mythology were true, the speech is focused on what white slaveholders were doing, and there is no plan, program, or any agenda items for Black people to implement.  It is ludicrous to give god-like powers to one white man who allegedly gave a single speech almost 300 years ago, and claim that this is the main reason why Black people have problems among ourselves today!  Unfortunately, too often Black people would rather believe a simple and convenient myth, rather than spend the time studying and understanding a situation.  Too many of our people want a one-page, simplified Ripley’s Believe It or Not explanation of “what happened.”

 

WILLIE  LYNCH  DISTRACTION

While we are distracted by the Willie Lynch urban mythology, the real issues go ignored.  There are a number of authentic first-hand written accounts by enslaved Africans, who wrote specifically about the slave conditions and the slavemasters’ system of control.  For example, writers such as Olaudah Equiano, Mahommah Baquaqua, and Frederick Douglass wrote penetrating accounts about the tactics of slave control. 

 

Frederick Douglass, for instance, wrote in his autobiography, Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, that one of the most diabolical tactics of the American slaveholders was to force the slave workers during their six days off for the Christmas holiday to drink themselves into a drunken stupor and forget about the pain of slavery. Douglass wrote, “It was deemed a disgrace not to get drunk at Christmas; and he was regarded as lazy indeed, who had not provided himself with the necessary means, during the year, to get whiskey enough to last him through Christmas.  From what I know of the effects of these holidays upon the slave, I believe them to be the most effective means in the hands of the slaveholder in keeping down the spirit of insurrection.  Were the slaveholders at once to abandon this practice, I have not the slightest doubt it would lead to an immediate insurrection among the slaves…. The holidays are part and parcel of the gross fraud, wrong, and inhumanity of slavery.”[4]

 

Also, many nineteenth century Black writers discussed the specific tactics of the white slaveowners and how they used Christianity to teach the enslaved Africans how to be docile and accept their slave status.  The problem with African American and Black British revelry during the Christmas holidays and the blind acceptance of the master’s version of Christianity are no doubt major issues among Black people today.  It is certain that both of these problems were initiated and perpetuated during slavery, and they require our immediate attention.

 

Many people who embrace the Willie Lynch myth have not studied the period of slavery, and have not read the major works or first-hand documents on this issue of African American slavery.  Further, as indicated above, the Lynch hoax is so widespread that this fictional speech is amazingly used as required reading by some college instructors.  While we are being misled by this fantasy, the real historical data is being ignored. For example, Kenneth Stampp in his important work on slavery in the American South, The Peculiar Institution (1956), uses the historical records to outline the 5 rules for making a slave:

 

  1. Maintain strict discipline.
  2. Instill belief of personal inferiority.
  3. Develop awe of master’s power ( instill fear).
  4. Accept master’s standards of “good conduct.”
  5. Develop a habit of perfect dependence.[5]

 

Primary (first-hand) research is the most effective weapon against the distortion of African history and culture.  Primary research training is the best defense against urban legends and modern myths.  It is now time for critical thinkers to bury the decade-old mythology of “William Lynch.”

 

http://manuampim.com/lynch_hoax1.html

DEATH  OF  THE  WILLIE  LYNCH  SPEECH, Part II*

 

By Prof. Manu Ampim

 

 

RESPONSES  TO  PART  I

Since my first essay on the fictional “Willie Lynch” speech in the previous issue of Nex Generation, there has been an overwhelming response to my analysis of this prevailing myth among Black people in the Western hemisphere. 

 

There have been three main responses to my “Willie Lynch” essay, and 90% of these responses fall into the first two groups. 

 

The first group of responses are from those people who were very thankful to read my work because they knew the "Willie Lynch" speech was fake, but they had no real proof.  Before reading the evidence presented in my essay, this group either ignored this fake speech, or they argued against its authenticity without the ammunition that my critique provides.

 

The second group of people also responded to my essay very favorably.  However, this group initially assumed that the alleged speech was authentic and thus shared it with many people in their network.  They simply never thought to ask themselves whether or not the speech was legitimate.  Since reading my analysis of the Lynch speech, this group now sees it as a modern hoax and have indicated that they are going back to their networks to announce that the Will Lynch speech is a modern fake.  I have the utmost respect for this group, because they have a high degree of integrity to admit that they had made a mistake and was now going back to make corrections.

 

The final group represents about 10% of the responses to my Lynch essay, and most of these people suffer from a complete lack of critical thinking skills.  Many of them claim that "even if the speech is fake it is still true!"  Their position is essentially that "the speech is important to me, and I don't care that it is probably fake, I still believe it is true."  Some of these people have stated that they go so far as to meditate on the speech every day or every week!  This group vows to continue using the Willie Lynch speech because they believe it to be an important "wake up" call for Black people.  However, they fail to realize that the fake speech is only concerned with what a white slave-owner supposedly said, and there is no agenda or program for Black people to act upon.  Also, they fail to understand that few people would consider trusting someone who they know will openly lie when it serves their interests. 

 

In fact, a more dramatic “wake-up” call for Black people than the fake Lynch speech was the 1977 TV miniseries "Roots."  Roots graphically introduced millions of viewers throughout the world to the brutality of American slavery, and yet this powerful "wake up" call didn't help us to solve any of our major problems.  In fact, today 1/3 of Black children in America still live in poverty, and since the Roots miniseries there are now more African American men in prison than there is in college.   Lastly, there are some people in this 10% group who have a particular interest in promoting the Lynch myth, because they want an excuse to continue sitting on their behind and do nothing to help solve problems in our communities.  They claim that Willie Lynch (who they promote as a powerful white god) gave a single speech 300 years ago and this is why Black people can’t come together to solve our problems today!

 

If the Willie Lynch speech supporters are sincere and want to learn about influential and prominent pro-slavery advocates in the 1700s and 1800s, then they should read the recent book by Paul Finkelman, Defending Slavery: Proslavery Thought in the Old South (A Brief History with Documents) (2003).  Of course, of all the most influential people noted in this study neither "Willie Lynch” nor his alleged speech are mentioned in this work.

 

NEGATIVE  EFFECTS  OF THE 20TH CENTURY

As I indicated in Part I, there is absolutely no record of a 1712 Willie Lynch speech or any of the Lynch tactics being used in the 18th century, or referred to by any historians, pro-slavery advocates, or anti-slavery abolitionists in the 18th or 19th century.  There is no doubt that the fake Lynch document is of late 20th century origin, and thus far it cannot be traced back before 1993.   The problem with believing silly internet fairy tales is that if we don't know the origin of a problem then it is impossible to create a solution, because the ideas are based on false information.  Black people will never be respected as an intelligent people or solve any of our major problems by believing in kindergarten internet myths.  

 

Many of the problems that Black people are facing today developed in the 20th century during and after the great African American migrations around World War I and World War II.  When we actually look at the negative effects of these migrations, urbanization, and later integration, then it becomes clear that many of the problems that we are faced with today have no direct connection to slavery (eventhough slavery was a vicious institution).  Rather, these problems arose as Black people migrated from the southern region of the U.S. in the 20th century and loss the connection to our cultural values.  It is well known that the social harmony within the African American community still existed well into the 20th century.  In fact, all older Black people from the South know this from their own experience, and the experience or their parents and grandparents, as there were largely positive marriage and family relations, respect for eldership, and general social harmony.  Yet, many people ignore this fact of Black social harmony in the early- to mid-20th century in order to believe the Willie Lynch fairy tale.  This fake speech is a serious distraction because rather than addressing the real sources of our problems, many people continue to falsely believe that "everything" comes from slavery and that "Willie Lynch" was a white god who gave a single speech that somehow controls 40 million Black people 300 years later!

 

As I indicated in my first essay, there are many first-hand slavery accounts that give more important insight as to what happened to Black people than the fake Will Lynch speech. In order to gain correct knowledge of our historical experience, we have to study our history from the primary sources, and study the works of professional sociologists and historians such as Benjamin Quarles, Carter G. Woodson, W.E.B. Du Bois, John Blassingame, Eugene Genovese, Herbert Gutman, and Robert Staples. These authors clearly demonstrate that African American social harmony survived throughout slavery and into the 20th century.  The Black political and cultural resistance to enslavement never ceased and indeed prevented the forces of slavery from destroying the Black sense of community sharing and caring, as is falsely asserted by the dwindling number of Lynch speech supporters.

 

In the early 20th century, there was a fundamental shift that occurred in the situation of African Americans when for the first time there was a major migration of Black people away from the southern U.S., during and after World War I (1914-1918).  Before this great migration, 90% of African Americans lived in the South.  According to the U.S. census figures between 1910-1920, there were several hundred thousand Black people who left the South searching for a better way of life, and migrated to northern cities such as New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, St. Louis, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Gary, and Columbus and Akron, Ohio. These northern cities were dramatically transformed within one to two generations into areas which housed growing impoverished Black populations. These Black migrants had to squeeze into low-rent districts in the inner-cities, which eventually turned into black slums. The Black migrants left their southern rural problems only to be met with a new set of urban problems in northern (and southern) cities, which were anything but “a land of promise,” as many of them had hoped.  There were racial tensions with white citizens in these cities, who did not welcome this wave of Black immigrants.  Whites feared that this new Black presence would ruin their neighborhoods and take their jobs.  As a result, white mobs instigated race riots in numerous cities during this era, most notably East St. Louis (1917), Houston (1917), Chicago (1919), Elaine, Arkansas (1919), Tulsa, Oklahoma (1921), and Rosewood, Florida (1923).

 

The second major 20th century migration was during and after World War II (1939-1945).  There was a massive wave of African Americans who again left the southern U.S., but this time they migrated to the western U.S. cities in California and elsewhere. Thus in 1910, African Americans were predominantly rural and southern; approximately 75% lived in rural areas and 90% lived in the South.  A half-century later African Americans were mainly an urban population, as almost three-fourths of them lived in cities.  Within a few decades after the first migration many northern cities area were transformed into black slum areas.  In addition, the introduction of drugs into inner-city urban communities by U.S. government forces has also had a devastating impact on Black life.

 

Although both the migrations and the urbanization had a negative impact on black life and social harmony which existed in the southern rural communities, it was the third major factor of integration that caused the greatest rift among African Americans.  After the pivotal 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decision, which outlawed the Jim Crow racial segregation in U.S. public schools, Black people began to attend all-white schools, learn white values, live in white neighborhoods, and spend money in white stores.  Integration dealt a devastating blow to Black unity and sense of community.  Dr. Oba T’Shaka at a recent February 15, 2006 presentation at Merritt College (Oakland, Calif.) mentioned the main premise of his book, Integration Trap, Generation Gap, that there are now more divisions among Black people since 1968, than there was during the entire period of more than three hundred years between 1619 to 1968.  He argues that integration has been nothing more than a trap to destroy Black unity. 

 

There is no question that since the late 1960s and early 1970s Black people have suffered from the loss of independent schools and businesses, and have faced the onslaught of street gangs, crack-cocaine, homicides, the incarceration of young black men, a high divorce rate and single-parent households, the rape of women, and the disrespect of elders, etc.  None of these problems were significant issues before the 20th century migrations, urbanization, and the integration trap.  In the early 20th century, Black social harmony was a basic reality and caring and sharing was a fundamental characteristic of virtually every Black community.  The greatest issue for Black people has been the loss of the African-centered system of ethics and values, which linked Black people together and allowed us to survive the vicious system of slavery and later Jim Crow (characterized by racial segregation and anti-Black violence).  

 

FUTURE  OF THE  “LYNCH  SPEECH”

If we study the origins of the negative factors of migrations, urbanization, and integration, then we will not only understand how problems developed among African Americans in the 20th century, but of course there would be no need for misinformed people to continue promoting a fake speech given by a mythical slave-owner.

 

The death of the “Willie Lynch speech” is imminent as more people see through the superficial attempt to “wake up“ Black people with a fake document, while ignoring the real sources of Black problems.  The internet has undoubtedly been the main avenue to spread false information, and some have made money by promoting their Lynch books and speeches, but it is the minority of college instructors who should also be questioned for misleading students with the bogus Lynch “document.” Rather than introducing students to first-hand sources and teaching them critical thinking skills, these instructors are contributing to the spread of ignorance.  However, these instructors should be on notice that many of their students now doubt what they have learned in their classes, because they realize that they have already been misled to believe in a modern internet hoax. 

 

In the arena of serious scholarship and primary (first-hand) research, the standing rule is that “documentation beats conversation.”  There is a fundamental difference between proof and propaganda, between evidence and ideology, and between knowledge and mere belief.  In the next five years the Lynch speech will likely be a forgotten myth of the past.

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Prof. Manu Ampim is an Historian and Primary (first-hand) Researcher specializing in African & African American history and culture.  He is also a professor of Africana Studies.  He can be reached at: PO Box 18623, Oakland, CA (USA).  Tel. 510-482-5791.  Email: Profmanu@acninc.net.

www.ManuAmpim.com

 

*See Nex Generation Magazine (Spring 2006) for the publication of this essay with images.

 

Amen!

LOL  . . .  I'll be patiently waiting for answers!

 

'Bout time someone said something LLS!

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