One of the most dangerous images on the Plantation in America was the HANGMAN'S NOOSE; far more terrifying then that of the BULLWHIP. When a slave master prepared a noose, it almost surely indicated that a killing was near, which sent the slaves running for dear life. Though slavery has been abandoned in America since the Civil War I wonder if there was any lingering insecurity within the black community that has African-American men AFRAID of conservative society? This brings me to the question: Is there a link between black men not wanting to wear necktie's and the legacy of the Hangman's noose?
One of the most important people to study when trying to determine the long life of disenfranchisement of the former slave in America is Willie Lynch. A British slave owner in the West Indies, Lynch delivered a powerful speech to Southern Plantation masters along the bank of the James River in the Virginia colony in 1712. Terrified over the nearly 500 violent slave revolts and seeking a proven way to 'break' the black slave, Lynch said:
I have a fool-proof method for controlling your black slaves. I guarantee everyone 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 any overseer can use it. 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 a fire and beat both horses to pull him apart in front of the remaining niggers. The next step is to take a bull whip and beat the remaining nigger male 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.
After Willie Lynch's speech there was a wave of brutal killings of black male slaves, and the subsequent beatings of surviving slave men created an internal fear among black men that many argue lasts in today's society. Is it possible, based on these factual situations that a logical argument can be made concerning why so many black men in America have little to no desire to work, and many never wear a tie? What do you think?
Written by Bee Quiet