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Faith of A Mustard Seed

by Barbara Woods-Washington
Barbara A. Woods Washington, M. Div.

I have a deep admiration for the genre of ‘Scripture’ in that it is far MORE than just the homilies and dogma and doctrine in the hands and mouths of individual religious leadership persuasions.  When one considers the timelessness of it’s ability to be used and, in fact, misused by so many across the generations of time, there is this passivity of scripture, that enables one to hear what one wants or need to hear in order for one to do what one wants —irrespective of the whole.

All consideration must be given to the historical lateness of the ‘Word Scripture’ as it originates in the late 14th Century Catholicism in a language that neither Testament is written… Latin.  Some very difficult transmissions of the autocracy of this translation is given as it reaches it’s height of authoritarianism.  AND then, Martin Luther soon declares war on the politics gained from these affairs and thus begins a never-ending journey into the abyss of Protestantism.  I just recently saw a Preacher walking and slamming across the pulpit/STAGE saying, “if you are a Democrat you can just leave this Church right now.  We have no place for you in this Church!”

In returning to the notion that Claud Anderson has raised concerning, not lost, but stolen our “Social Cohesiveness”, I am convinced that despite the legend of Willie Lynch, AND as we have done with Scripture —believe it, or NOT; there is something to gain in seeing that these ‘divisions made big’ are clearly a major part of why the building of black community finds little to no success —impeded by our void of social cohesiveness.

Allegedly, his speech was delivered by Willie Lynch on the bank of the James River in the colony of Virginia in 1712.  Lynch was a British slave owner in the West Indies; invited to teach his methods to slave owners. The term ‘lynching’ is, allegedly,derived from his last name.

 “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… I caught the whiff of a dead slave hanging from a tree, a couple miles back…

I have a full proof method for controlling your black slaves …for at least 300 hundreds years.”  (Notice the use of ‘300 Hundreds’!  A ‘FOREVER’ that even now we take no thought for!  As Claud Anderson says, we are now locked into a permanent underclass… never having attended to the ‘Post Traumatic Slave syndrome’).

Lynch continues, “My method is simple.   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.  On top of my list is “AGE,”; 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.  …DISTRUST is stronger than TRUST and ENVY stronger than Adulation, Respect 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.

Pitch the OLD black male vs. the YOUNG black male;  use the DARK skin slaves vs. the LIGHT skin slaves;  use FEMALE vs. MALE.  Never miss an opportunity;  the slaves themselves will remain perpetually distrustful.  Frederick Douglas LET’S MAKE A SLAVE is a study of the scientific process of man-breaking and slave-making. …break them from one form of life to another; reduce them from their natural state in nature.  Nature provides the natural capacity to take care of their offspring, …break that natural string…  Pay little attention to the generation of original breaking, but CONCENTRATE ON FUTURE GENERATION.  Break the FEMALE mother, she will BREAK the offspring in its early years of development; …Take the meanest and most restless nigger, strip him of his clothes in front of the remaining male niggers, the female, and the nigger infant, tar and feather him, tie each leg to a different horse faced in opposite directions, set him afire and beat both horses to pull him apart in front of the remaining niggers. …take a bullwhip and beat the remaining nigger males to the point of death, in front of the female and the infant. Don’t kill him, but PUT THE FEAR OF GOD IN HIM, for he can be useful for future breeding.  Crossbreeding a horse means breeding it with an ass and you get a dumb, backward, ass long-headed mule that is not reproductive nor productive by itself.”

COMPLETELY ANNIHILATE THE MOTHER TONGUE … and institute a new language that involves the new life’s work… Values are created and transported by communication through the body of the language.  For example, if you put a slave in a hog pen and train him to live there and incorporate in him to value it as a way of life completely…” 

“Henty Berry, speaking in the Virginia House of Delegates in 1832, described the situation as it existed in many parts of the South at this time: “We have, as far as possible, closed every avenue by which light may enter their (the slaves) minds.  If we could extinguish the capacity to see the light, our work would be complete; they would then be on a level with the beasts of the field…”

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