Of Dismissing the “Willie Lynch Letter”

Listen Siblings, I come in peace,

“Dismiss Willie Lynch” — Onitaset Kumat

Here we dismiss the Willie Lynch Letter.  Not ironically, in 2012, it expired.   So it is time to unite.  Still, the myth circulates.  Let’s handle that.  Promote the organization of African people, the African Blood Siblings!  Write us to help build African Blood Siblings Community Centers which transform your community into a Prosperous, Independent African Community.

Of Dismissing the “Willie Lynch Letter”
By Onitaset Kumat

Ever inspired to inspire our original philosophies within our people, I recently sought to share my website by reading and writing different blogs, hoping to rally more readers.  Luckily, our people, of such unlimited talent, have a profound ability in inspiring my African spirit to write on the most necessary topics; therefore I write on the fabricated “Willie Lynch letter.”  The inspiration came from a blog concerning the new documentary named “Dark Girls” where darker shaded women speak on shadeism, the belief that people of darker complexions are inferior to people of lighter complexions.  The blogger wrote how Willie Lynch, a European Caribbean plantation owner, likely, in 1712, gave a speech to Europeans in America concerning how to control Africans: pit genders, shades and ages against one another;  therefore, this speech explains the shadeism of today.  People within the documentary’s trailer, as seen here, similarly blame slavery for America’s shadeism: in fact, Malcolm El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz gives us an allegory of house and field Africans–we tend to add shadeism there too.  However, like attributing shadeism to Malcolm El-Hajj Mailk El-Shabazz’s allegory, despite the seeming authenticity of the Willie Lynch letter, it is false and like every false thing, impossible.  Even the idea of shadeism by Africans in slavery days may be unfounded.

To wit, I had not understood the falseness of the Willie Lynch letter until I came across Jelani Cobb’s “Willie Lynch is Dead” essay, also here, where he identifies the diction of the letter and shows that it had to be written by a modern source: for instance, “outline,” “indoctrination” and “self-refueling” were each terms, as they were used in the letter, that weren’t around in 1712.  But beside from this, I have come to learn that in “Lynch Laws” Ida B. Wells explains that it is the “Willie Lynch” of 1780 for which lynching is named.  So to speak, a real William Lynch had invented lynching, not a Caribbean planter who claimed a mastery of mind control.  Finally, there’s the whole notion of shadeism in American slavery: it would have had to have been picked up by slave narratives.  But from what I read, it’s not apparent [Edit: I’ve seen a little].  Frederick Douglass, for instance, doesn’t appear to mention any shadeism–there is racism but no shadeism; though, for what it’s worth, shadeism likely had a place in the era of abolitionist writings where White sympathy was being requested by White authors and publishers–still, that’s one-hundred years after this so-called Willie Lynch letter.  Finally, to drive a point home, shadeism is ancient!  The Hindu religion is a shadeist religion.  It’s beneath Africans to claim shadeism originating with some fictional White planter, when there’s a billion people in India today living with a shadeism that they had in their culture for over three-thousand years.

This brings us to the flaws in evoking this “Willie Lynch letter:” it spits at our history.  It mocks our problems with a simplistic, false view that ultimately harms and dismisses our understanding of ourselves for some ridiculous idea that we individually are to blame for shadeism rather than the people whom have either imposed shadeism for three-hundred or three-thousand years.  There is a reality in this whole shadeist debate that’s being ignored; W. E. B. Du Bois promoted the West Indian Solution to the race problem, a shadeist solution (also available on the website).  W. E. B. Du Bois was not enslaved.  It’s his promotion, among other things, which better explains modern shadeism, and frankly the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, emphasis on “colored” which pretty much meant “Not Negro,” still actively promotes shadeism to this day.  So truly opponents of “shadeism” should be opponents of the NAACP and not a mythical person named Willie Lynch.  These people also shouldn’t pin shadeism on our enslavement.  Enslaved Africans in America weren’t shadeist against one another, and what shadeism that first developed wasn’t geared against dark-skinned Africans but ‘high yellows,’ those ‘Colored’ if you will.  It is despicable to teach that enslaved Africans were not only shadeist, when they weren’t, but also to teach that they were shadeist against their darkest elements.  Not even Malcolm’s allegory claimed that!  That’s why it’s worth repeating that we should look at Du Bois and the West Indian Solution to Race.  Why?  Brazil has recently released that only 7.6% of its population is Black–though Brazil has the “most” Africans outside of Africa.  I provide on the website more details on this genocidal program that was honestly, actually advocated by the revered W. E. B. Du Bois!

In order to elevate our people from this rut, we must first reject all false reasoning for our condition.  Meaning, we mustn’t buy that we are not people, we mustn’t buy that we are not superior, we mustn’t buy that we are not philosopher-warriors, and we mustn’t buy that we are not oppressed.  These are four things that we are sold and that we regularly buy, but we must stop buying in order to start rising.  It’s not remnants of slavery which impose shadeism in our culture, but the NAACP.  Remember the story of Rosa Parks?  Other, darker women and men had refused to give up their seats on buses, but the NAACP sized up each and rejected them finally choosing Rosa Parks, a light-skinned African.  Or even listen to Michelle Alexander speak.  She, bless her heart, would tell of how clients are sized up, maybe not talking on the shade of rejected clients, but from the NAACP school of thought, shade is important.

We need to dismiss the Willie Lynch letter everywhere in order to attack the NAACP in those vacuums.  The Willie Lynch letter covers up the real writings of Du Bois and the effects on American policy.  Du Bois openly advocated shadeism in America and his European ilk openly advocates the genocide of Africans though interracial relationships (see video).  African people can be unified stronger when and if we realize that our enemies are in plain sight and must be attacked now and now.  First, we must dismiss the myths.  Dismiss Willie Lynch.  Promote the African Blood Siblings.

Related Posts:

GrievancesOur Grievances
“The West Indian Solution of the Negro Problem” Shadeism’s Origin
Jelani Cobb’s “Willie Lynch is Dead”Debunking Myths
Dark Girls: Official PreviewShadeism Film
Brazil 2010 census shows changing race balanceBrazil’s Self-Hatred

13 thoughts on “Of Dismissing the “Willie Lynch Letter”

  1. All I can say to you Kumat, the proof is in the end results. The “Willie Lynch Letter” is not a stretch based on the ” collection of the agregate experiences” and evil demonstrations exhibited within the “curious institution of slavery” . There was a “formatted pathology” to rob Africans of their identity and only to extract a “beast of burden”. The syntax, lexicon of the letter are trivial. All one has to do is examine the demonic practice and hideous effects of slavery to see the “ripples” that exists within the African American community, even to this present day. So, “Willie Lynch” on its’ merits, on its’ spitritual encapsualization of a cruelty called slavery, is by no means a “hoax”. Let me ask you this, based on “records”, what large pool of African Americans can accurately trace their roots from America to Africa? The “hoax” effigy is merely a salve to soothe the consciousnesses of those who will not face the truth.

    1. Hotep J.S.,

      It’s too true that our enslavement was cruel. However, to believe Willie Lynch is to believe that our enslaved ancestors were ageist, shadeist and sexist, which wasn’t the case. The “Willie Lynch Letter” pretends that White men used mind-control to make us hate one another; yet there are too many examples of African cooperation to give that hypothesis credence.

      Truly, there was the law, “Meritorious Manumission,” which explained African disharmony. The law grants freedom to snitches. The principles of that law is ongoing:

      We do not need to deal with myth in order to understand our conditions today. Because between fighting myth and fighting reality, the latter is easier.

      Informatively, the Willie Lynch letter expires this year. It’s time to organize, J.S..

      Tell me if you are down.


    2. j.s., “trivial”??? The validity of Lynch is trivial? Only a person dumb, deaf, and blind to the facts maintain such a shallow outlook. Secondly, the dynamics of slavery/enslavement have a history far more distant than 1712, 1780, or otherwise. Yet it is when we pay specific attention to Rome that the unique form in which oppression presents itself takes its origin(s). Rome being from a psychological stance, pathological in its narcsisism, aggression, etc. , whould unfold a culture sustaining and promoting homosexuality, war, patriarchy, stripping of natural resources, etc. basically, a nation of imperialists/pirates.

      1. Blackbird, I am thankful that you received the message. But like I personally communicated, our people are in need of an understanding of struggle:


        In a nutshell:

        “Listening and Making Whom You Listen to Listen in order to Create.”

        Before we make accusations on the character of other people, we ought reflect on how that inspires them to “Listen” in order to “Create.”

        J.S. is not deaf, dumb, or blind to facts. J.S., like you, is an African whom ought construct. In your interaction, ask yourself how J.S. can construct for us. Then make your message be heard.

        But for the record, it’s not original in Rome. Ancient Greece also had this poor system. But older than both, the Aryans enslaved in India.


        Truly “Slavery” is an Oriental attribute:



        But we must focus on “Construction.” So create your team, Blackbird. But I warn that we must be lighter in our impression of people. For we want to construct, not destruct.


    3. I have been looking into the concept that the Willie Lynch letter or speech was and is a myth. Why is no researcher talking about the methods that were actually used in slavery? While this Willie Lynch entity may be unverified or an actual myth, what about the content in this intricate and elaborate story? Stop trying to discredit a method of awareness without at least verifying the reality of the inhumane and wicked atrocities that the African was exposed to.

  2. OK Oni, I am walking away as I could be here reading too long. As for the Brasil Data, I just read that and I am disturbed at the non-responsiveness. It is truly a poorly situation; one is paralysed by the meaningless of their existence as they read of their family being exterminated abroad, whilst the local family care nothing of these events.

    1. On the streets, I ask Africans whether they find African consciousness important. Many answer yes. Then I ask them where can they get it. Most give me the answer that I want: They don’t know. Others say “Go to Africa” though really that’s not fully correct. Some ask what is “African Consciousness.” You read of it in “The Philosophical Basis . . ..” Nevertheless, it’s important to note that in the case of the Brazillians, us and even our Siblings on the continent, “African Consciousness” is fairly absent and “European Consciousness” or “Asian Consciousness” is omnipresent. These are the problems of the race.

      When I am on the streets, I expound that I represent the only organization that promotes “African Consciousness.” It’s an important realization when we realize that I am the sole author of the Moral Basis for African restoration and that I am authoring “Originalism” as I am. All this is said to say that though you can read here for rest, don’t neglect to look upon your fellow country persons and realize in them a loss too. They do not have an African Consciousness and that’s harsh. You can see why on 8/6 when I delve into the psychology of Multiple Personality disorder.

      Stay tuned . . ..

  3. I have been looking into the concept that the Willie Lynch letter or speech was and is a myth. Why is no researcher talking about the methods that were actually used in slavery? While this Willie Lynch entity may be unverified or an actual myth, what about the content in this intricate and elaborate story? Stop trying to discredit a method of awareness without at least verifying the reality of the inhumane and wicked atrocities that the African was exposed to.

    1. Brother Noah Amin,

      Those seeking an image of our Enslavement are welcome to the Knowledge dispersed all over this Newsletter.

      Here are three worthwhile references:


      (Written by an African Nationalist contemporary of Frederick Douglass, Martin Delany.)


      (A detailed account on the Enslavement of Africans by Muslims.)


      (The actual testimony of an enslaved African.)

      The Ancients had said, “Knowledge is Consciousness of Reality” and “The Key to All Problems is the Problem of Consciousness.” Ergo All Problems stem from Ignorance and all Solutions stem from Knowledge, where Ignorance is UNConsciousness of Reality or Consciousness of Myth.

      The Willie Lynch letter is Myth. Our Ancestors themselves had recorded the atrocities of their enslavement. We can better understand ourselves and our enemies and SOLVE our PROBLEMS, when we fall back on Reality and away from Mythology.

      Ultimately, we want to SOLVE our Problems not invite new ones.

  4. Just to clarify, the author of the Willie Lynch Letter was Kwabena Faheem Ashanti, he wrote “Psychotechnology of Brainwashing.”

    The letter is mostly based off of “The Black Jacobins” by C.L.R. James, and it was writtten to incense and inform Black people.

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