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Willie Lynch
Post Traumatic Slavery Disorder

How Today's Children Are Affected by an Old Legacy

The Willie Lynch letter  below is used here as a teaching prop to bridge the past to the present psychological development in order to understand how the psyche of African people was altered to support a system of slavery.  The system of slavery was developed purely for the economic gain of slave owners and the letter demonstrates the method used to dominate the group.

You are being asked to view and reflect on these readings strictly from a perspective of healing and personal development.  If you can imagine you were subjected to this process right now, would you be the same?  What about your children?  If they were born in this environment could they be capable of clear thinking? Would the self-image of your offspring be positive or negative? Would you have a love for self or your own kind?  Now after reading the letter below and reflecting on its content, how would you start to heal the African psyche after these many years of physical and psychological violence?

The Willie Lynch Letter

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's 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 fool proof method for controlling your black slave.  I guarantee every one of you that if installed correctly it will control the slaves for at least 300 hundred 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 a outline of action, but before that, I shall assure you that distrust is stronger than trust and envy is stronger than adulation 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 you white servants and over- seers 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."


As clinicians our primary question is how do we begin to culturally detox a psyche, which has been contaminated with messages of hate, lies, omission, commissions, false image, false writing etc over 300 years?

The Osiris Group cannot over-emphasize that the focus here is not to elevated the Willie Lynches of this period, but rather to help people completely understand the process of how the psyche of African people was reconfigured by this cultural poisoning.  This legacy of self-hatred and self-destruction has been passed to each new generation of African-Americans over several hundred years.  Once we understand the process of self-destruction, we can begin to construct a solution to reclaiming the psyche of these damage souls.

For more information about the "Lynch" method check out the websites below:

Lynch Now and Then

by Willie Lynch The Origin and Development of a Social Being Called "The Negro". ...

Lynch The Making Of A Slave

WILLIE LYNCH The Making Of A Slave This speech was delivered by Willie Lynch
on the bank of the James River in the colony of Virginia in 1712. ...

'Willie Lynch Lady' fighting to unite blacks
'Willie Lynch Lady' fighting to unite blacks. ... In the words of Willie Lynch in 1712,
there are many ways in which you can keep control over all "Black People.". ...

Willie Lynch
The following has been credited to William Lynch, a White slave owner, who
reportedly made the speech on the banks of the James River in 1712. ...

Willie Lynch Speech -- Courtesy of The Freeman Institute
Willie Lynch Speech has been credited to William Lynch, a White slave owner, who
reportedly made the speech on the banks of the James River in 1712 -- Courtesy ...

Willie Lynch Letter
Ithought this was the most appropriate time for ALL OF US to re-read, remember and
NEVER FORGET, the speech given by Willie Lynch a slave owner who over 300 ...

WIllie Lynch Cruise
WIllie Lynch Cruise. ... Willie Lynch Band Cruise. A Thank you to all who
came with us on the Willie Lynch Cruise. It was a pleasure to ...

Willie Lynch's Speech on Controlling Slaves
Willie Lynch's Speech On His Methods For Controlling Slaves. Gentlemen:
I greet you here on the bank of the James River in the year ...

Willie Lynch
WILLIE LYNCH. WARNING!!! This speech may be offensive to some, and has been
a great controversy as to if this man Willie Lynch was an actual man. ...

The Enemy Within - The Willie Lynch Story
"The Enemy Within". The Willie Lynch Story. ... It is taken from a speech
give by Willie Lynch, from whose name the term lynching is derived.