Gentleman, I greet you here on the banks 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 Wet Indies where I have experimented with some of the newest and still the oldest methods for control of the slaves. Ancient Rome would envy us if my program is implemented.
As our boat sailed South on the James River, names for our illustrious King, whose version of the bible we cherish, I saw enough to know your problems are not unique.
While Rome used cords of wood as crosses for standing human bodies along its old highway in great numbers, you are 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 valuable stock by hanging, 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, and 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 every one of you that if installed correctly it will control the slaves for at least 300 years. My method is simple. Any member of you 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 and “A”, the second is “COLOR” or shade; there is intelligence, size, sex, size of plantation, status of plantation, attitude of owners, whether the slaves live in the valley or on a hill, east, west, south, have fine hair or coarse hair or is tall or short. Now that you have a list of differences, I shall give you a 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 slaves after receiving this indoctrination shall carry on and will become self-refueling and self-generation for hundreds of years, maybe thousands. Don’t forget you must pitch the old black males; you must use the DARK SKIN SLAVES vs. the LIGHT SKIN and the LIGHT SLAVES. You must use the FEMALE vs. the MALE and the MALE vs. the FEMALE. You must also have 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 are your keys to control. Use them, have your wives and children use them, never miss opportunity. If used intensely for one year, the slaves themselves will remain perpetually distrustful.
Thank you Gentlemen
NOTE* This is a real document. It’s been over 400 years and we’re still suffering from Mr. Lyncuh’s methods. As evidence of this, just look atour communities and how we interact with one another. There is so much self-hatred, envy and distrust among us, that’s why we can still, in the year 2016, be gunned down by the police or become the victim of mass incarceration. Look at how dysfunctional our families are. When are we going to break the curse of Willie Lynch?