Fact or Fiction: British Slave Owner ‘Willie Lynch’ Gives Infamous Speech on “How To Make a Slave”

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How to Make a Slave was a speech which was said to have been given by , according to Final Call News. Lynch was a well-known British slave owner in the West Indies. The people of the Colony of Virginia in 1712 wanted him to come and teach them about his methods of slave owning. The speech given by Lynch was on the banks of the James River in Virginia. Lynch started his meeting by thanking the people for having him, and telling them that he took notice of the things that they were doing wrong on his trip to the banks. He had witnessed a slave hanging from the tree and told them owners that they were losing valuable stock by hangings. So, he began giving his speech on what needed to be done.

Let’s Make a Slave

Slave owners were to study the human nature of , and view their practices. They were constantly looking for the first signs of the dreaded revenge. 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 calm, apparent abstractions, moodiness 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.

Cardinal Principles for Making a Negroes

Lynch laid out these principals for making Negroes. “We lay down the following principles for long range comprehensive economic planning. Both horse and Negroes 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. 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. 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  must be broken; that is breaking them from one form of mental life to another. “Keep The Body, Take Their Mind!” In other words, break the will to resist. Read more

The Breaking Process of the Female Negroes

Lynch had this to say about taking control over the female Negroes. “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 offspring 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 negroes.” Read more

THE NEGRO MARRIAGE

“Here we look at what Lynch had to say about the Negro Marriage. We breed two Negro males with two Negro females. Then, we take the nigger male away from them and keep them moving and working. Say one Negro female bears a Negro female and the other bears a Negro male; both Negro 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 offspring’s become fertile for early reproduction, we will mate and breed them and continue the cycle. That is good, sound and long range comprehensive planning.” The full Speech Given by Willie Lynch can be read here.

 Sources:

http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/Perspectives_1/Willie_Lynch_letter_The_Making_of_a_Slave.shtml

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    At 73, this is my first reading of the Willie Lynch theory. I shall certainly pass it on to my children and grandchildren!

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