Lets Make a slave

Lets Make a slave - Maya Jordan BLS 166 In 1712, Willie...

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Maya Jordan BLS 166 In 1712, Willie Lynch delivered a speech to slave owners in the South which he claimed to be a “foolproof method for controlling black slaves, which if done correctly could keep them enslaved for at least 300 years.” His method included principles that were the key to making a good slave. “They are no good to the economy in their wild state.” This first principle stresses the importance of removing Blacks from their natural states of being. They are no good to the economy in their wild state because their “wild” state empowers pride and unity, the two things that would destroy any kind of hold that Whites would have had over blacks. In their wild state Blacks would come together and overpower Whites, especially in number. “They must be broken and tied for orderly production.” This second principle emphasizes the need for Blacks to be broken so that they can be removed from their wild state. Blacks must be broken so that they will have nothing left in them to fight back. One example Lynch gives is for the owner to take the strongest male and strip him of his clothes, burn him, and tie his legs to horses facing opposite directions and then force the horses to pull in opposite directions, followed by a brutal beating to near death. This kind of example made of slaves believed to be the strongest of the
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