In A.D. 1712, a West Indies slave owner named Willie Lynch allegedly came to Virginia to explain a new theory about how to control slaves. In a letter, Mr. Lynch claimed that once his theory was implemented, the slaves themselves would provide the energy to keep it working. More, once initiated, his technology would be “self-perpetuating” for “at least 300 years . . . maybe thousands”.
When I first saw Lynch’s claims of “300 years” and “self-perpetuating,” I almost stopped reading. The idea was laughable, absurd . . . impossible. Nobody can set up a system of slavery that would be self-perpetuating for 300 years.
About two-thirds through the Lynch letter, I couldn’t believe the letter was real. Lynch used levels of psychological insight that I couldn’t imagine had been available 300 years ago. So I Googled the Lynch letter and found 64,000 hits. I skimmed a series of websites run by African-Americans and they all seemed to think the Lynch letter was legitimate, so I accepted it as fantastic, but real.
As a result, by the time I’d finished reading Lynch’s letter, I was convinced that I’d just read one of the most insightful, astonishing and frightening letters I’ve ever seen. The damn thing was spooky to the point of being supernatural.
Lynch’s theory not only seemed right, his 300 year prediction was accurate. American Negroes (and now Whites) are pretty much conditioning themselves to be slaves.
You can download a pristine copy of Willie Lynch’s 4-page letter at:
And you can download a copy of Lynch’s letter with another 20+ pages of my own comments at: 091108 How to Make a Nigger Slave.
But, a couple days after I first published this letter on this blog, I also received an email containing the following link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Lynch_speech which alleges that the Lynch letter is a HOAX. And then I received another email pointing to http://www.manuampim.com/lynch_hoax1.html which also alleges that the Lynch letter is a hoax.
I suspect that the allegations of “hoax” are probably correct and that I mistakenly accepted the Lynch letter as legitimate. But I also suspect that, hoax or not, the Lynch letter expresses fundamental psychological principles on how to permanently oppress a people that are profound and true. It may be that “Willie Lynch” never existed. It may be that the Lynch letter was written in the 1900’s rather than the 1700’s. Nevertheless, the principles advanced in the letter may still be true.
Consider the letter and my commentary, and then you decide.