The word unity has been used for centuries and continually used as communities continue to deteriorate. “We need to unite to end crime.” “We must join to protest and act against the entities that attempt to continue to oppress us.” “We demand to be respected!”
How can there be “a strive for change” when there is only lip service without action. Let us look at the unity ( or the lack thereof) in African-American communities/social culture.
How can there be unity if everyone has been sublimely trained to be against each other over trivial things? For example, skin tone or the particular grade of hair. The theory of using skin tone to divide and conquer a group of people (African-Americans) can be explained by the generational residue of the “Willie Lynch Syndrome.”
This theory was presented by Willie Lynch on the banks of the James River in the colony of Virginia in 1712. Lynch was a British slave owner in the West Indies. He was invited to the colony of Virginia to teach his methods to slave owners there. Here are the tactics devised to divide, conquer and control slaves.
This theory was the foundation of an “outline” to help colonist slave owners to gain better “control” over their slaves by creating the distrust among slaves. The old against the young, the light skinned against the dark skinned, women against men, and the house slaves against the field slaves.
The was a brilliant plan to dismantle the unity slaves once had when they arrived in the colonies. The shocking fact regarding this speech/theory was this, “….I guarantee every one of you that if installed correctly it will control the slaves for at least 300 years. My method is simple. Any member of your family or your overseer can use it. I have outlined a number of differences among the slaves and make the differences bigger. I use fear, distrust, and envy for control….” Heaggans (2003 ), Notice this was a method to control several generations unbeknownst to them. I would recommend reading the full speech to understand the details of the speech/theory.
Division in the family unit is also spoken about in the biblical text, ” “From now on, five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three. 53 They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.” Luke 12:52-53.
The African-American family/community that was once strong and united are now distant and divided. For our community to regain, it’s strength and voice we must break down the actual meaning of the word “unity” and confirm if it is a reality or a myth.
U= Understand. We must all understand WHY we are divided and find a solution to correct it.
N= Necessary/Necessity. It is essential and a necessity for creating, implementing, and upholding positive ways to band together.
I = Intrest. There HAS to be an interest in the community to see there is a need for change for the modifications to take place. The first step is admitting there is a problem.
T – Time. In this day and age, instant gratification rules all and when results are not instantly provided society loses interest. Along with time, we need consistency.
Y = YOU! You, yes you can make a different to the contribution to the rise or continued fall of our community.
Each and everyone one of us can contribute to the improvements amongst our fellow brother or sister. How can we expect or have the gall to demand other races to respect us when there is clear evidence that we cannot and do not respect ourselves? We continue to kill, steal, and destroy members of our families/ communities as if it is an “accepted way of life.”
It is perceived that it is “okay” to pillage in our backyards. However, it is not acceptable for others to do the same. There is a double standard against whites when they partake in the same actions. Each one teaches one teach one to come together. We must focus on building each other up instead of tearing each other down. A subtle compliment or genuine good wish creates a sense of equality and uplifting among our race. We have to start on the inside and work our way out for change.
In the famous words of James Brown, “Say it loud! I’m black, and I’m proud!” When we know better, we do better.
Heaggans, Raphael C. “When the opprestsed becomes the oppressor: Willie Lynch and the politics of race and racism in hip-hop music.” West Virginia University Philological Papers, vol. 50, 2003, p. 77+. Literature Resource Center, go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do p=LitRC&sw=w&u=uphoenix_uopx&v=2.1&id=GALE%7CA115407099&it=r&asid=d983d96c2eb1756d5e9f2674995acebc. Accessed 12 July 2017.