Willie Lynch's Effect On African American Culture

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Setting the scene back to the year of 1712 on the James River in the colony of Virginia, there was a man who went by the name of Willie Lynch. He was a slave owner who resided in the West Indies (currently known as the United States). He came to the colony of Virgina to educate those people on lynching. This was not the conventional lynching customary in your vocabulary, it was a form of psychological lynching that the people of Virginia were not yet accustomed. Willie Lynch intended for the African race to be pitted against each other by “breaking” them. “(Y)ou 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…show more content…
He planted atrocious seeds in the minds of slaves, carefully cultivated them, and over a time period the seeds grew in something disastorous. One thing that has erupted in our culture is blacks fighting amongst one another. As mentioned earlier, Willie Lynch’s goal was to get blacks to fight among themselvse for the simplest of reasons. We can definetly see this on a wide scale today. It may not be everywhere, but in many instances blacks fight over things that are irrelevant in the time we are living. Their eyes could be focused on vital things of life and the life to come, yet they continue to walk down the path that whties have led us to. Another issue that arises from slavery and Willie Lynch’s speech is self-hatred. Many African Americans have grown to hate “skin that they are in”. This causes them to continuously strive to be something that they are not. All blacks should be happy with what they are instead of conforming into the caucasian way of life. Lynch stated, “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...”. He worried that if African Americans went back to their roots and discovered where they came from they would begin to see the evils that the whites put upon them. For very few this has been the case. They’ve discovered their African roots and cultivate them in their lives daily. However, the majority still fail to realize the importance of their true culture. Their ancestors weren’t born in Georgia, California, and Pennsylvania. They were born in Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa. Many have become afraid of what they truly
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