Saturday, February 18, 2006

The Willie Lynch Letter - Revisited

Back in October I watched the movie "Animal" and commented on the plight of black americans on my blog. Today, someone commented, on that archive, that the letter by Willie Lynch was a 20th century fabrication created with the intent of "race-baiting and hate-mongering". The commenter was anonymous and said that a simple google search would prove this.

So I googled "Willie Lynch" and found hundreds of articles seamingly substantiating the validity of the letter.

Willie Lynch, as I have learned by reading the top web sites that came up in the google search, was a british slave owner, who in 1712, delivered a speech on the banks of the James River at the colony of Virginia. This speech, later a letter, was basic instructions on how to train and control the black slaves, and basically treat them like livestock. The text of the speech can be read here, with a longer version here, and a still longer and scarier version here.

I decided to refine my search to see if my commenter's statement was true. So I googled "Willie Lynch Faked". Not surprisingly, very few hits came up, but one did stand out. It was actually the only hit that had anything to do with the topic at hand. It was a long list of archived radio programs that you can purchase from LIBRadio. It is a radio station/website devoted to the topic of "Living In Black".

The blurb for the CD by Keidi Obi Awadu states, "despite it's widespread reference, the facts appear to be irrefutable that the so called "Willie Lynch Letter is a 20th Century fabrication. Listen to the research of four scholars who show that the letter cannot be authenticated." ... Interesting?

I would like for someone to settle this argument. I don't want to pay $10 to order the archived radio show. Does anyone have any proof that the Lynch letter was a fabrication. After all, isn't that where the word "lynched" came from?


Blogger MindGames said...

Monday, February 20, 2006 1:25:00 PM  
Blogger Rusko Elvenwood said...

Thank you mg. It seems the speech used vernacular that was not in use until the 20th century. Words like "fool proof" and "installed" (as it pertains to people). Good website.

Does anyone else have more evidence of the Willie Lynch letter/speech being faked?

Monday, February 20, 2006 2:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tuesday, August 15, 2006 10:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

he also used "self fueled" which was not invented untill the 20th cent. and refered to "light skinned blacks" when "mulato" would have been used in the early 18th cent.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007 3:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whether or not the actual letter is authentic may be besides the point. The truth lies in the methods that the Willie Lynch letters describe in how to make a slave. There is evidence that the slaves were psychologically broken down in the ways that the letter details. Slaves were physically tortured by being pulled apart by horses or by whipping. There is evidence of sexual terrorism amongst female slaves. So, although the debate rages on about the authenticity of the actual Willie Lynch letters, it cannot be denied that the actions taken to control slaves were accurately described in the letters.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 1:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Listen people -- for the millionth, billionth,
zillionth time, the so-called 'WILLIE LYNCH
LETTER' has been repeatedly PROVEN to have
been a total FRAUD and a complete HOAX.

Feel free to look it up & research it.

Professor 'Manu Ampim' & Professor
'William Jelani Cobb' (among others)

The racial-supremacists who make up
HOAXES like the 'Willie Lynch Letter'
laugh at the uninformed people who
are both gullible & victim-minded
enough to fall for such nonsense.


Saturday, June 27, 2009 3:58:00 PM  
Blogger Queen Transcendental said...

To the comment above mine, this letter would be considered complete nonsense if the points made in it made NO sense whatsoever. But that is not the case. The Willie Lynch letter may be fake but just like anonymous said before you, it is a very accurate description of how slaves were broken down. And look at society today. Did it not turn out how the so called "Willie Lynch" wanted it to? So it's not that people are uniformed, its that people are too focused on trying to prove the validity of the letter and not looking at what we can do to break this cycle that is CLEARLY taking place and in full effect today.

Thursday, August 13, 2009 2:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Pastor Art said...

I am presently working on my doctorate degree and centering my research around the Willie Lynch letter. Whether authentic or not, the very, very real affect and effect of the Willie Lynch syndrome is alive and well. and the emotional scars are valid, viable and valuable. What is more, enough African Americans believe it to be true, perception is reality. Furthermore it is disrespectful and disingenuous to dismiss people's pain whether real or imagined. Sincere, caring and authentic people take people and their experiences serious. PLEASE let's not disrespect African Americans for having feelings! If you deny feelings you deny humanity and dignity.

Thursday, October 02, 2014 10:17:00 PM  

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