Please Stop the Lynching
Who knew one man’s words could have such a lasting impact on the physical and mental mind set of African Americans. In 1712, Willie lynch, a British slave owner from the West Indies stood before the colony of Virginia to introduce to them a new method. This method guaranteed slave owners complete control of their black slaves. If conducted properly, all slaves would be controlled for the next 300 years. This method was only to last for 300 years, however apart of his ideology still exist today in our actions and every day decisions. It’s meaning has evolved as time progressed, from mentally controlling slaves to physically abusing them.
The word lynching derived from Willie lynch last name. When lynch first thought of this method the plan was to control the slaves mentally. He wanted to get the slaves to turn against each other and depend solely on their owners. He did this by outlining a number of differences among his slaves and forced them to realize these differences to the point where they began to envy and distrust one another. He uses the difference of Dark skin slaves vs. light skin slaves, old slaves vs. young slaves to help slave owners gain the trust, loyalty, and respect of their slaves. Lynch feels that no slaves is useful in his nature state of mind so he breaks their natural string of independency, thereby creating a dependency status were he is then able to use them for his own business and pleasure. This may seem harsh, but nothing compares to the later generation of slaves owners who took Willie lynch idea and interpreted them into their own meaning.
The word lynching is defined as a hanging or execution of a presumed offender by a mob without a legal trail or due process of law. When lynching first came about the majority of the victims were white males. Vigilantes, who committed these unjust crimes claiming to be protecting womanhood, preformed these murders. But in all reality this is far from the truth. After...