I want to quote from the Willie Lynch letter on how to thoroughly break a slave and keep him in pocket, and whether you think this speech was real or not, the parables that are talked about couldn’t be more real. So I quote:
You know language is a peculiar institution. It leads to the heart of a people. The more a foreigner knows about the language of another country the more he is able to move through all levels of that society. Therefore, if the foreigner is an enemy of the country, to the extent that he knows the body of the language, to that extent is the country vulnerable to attack or invasion of a foreign culture. For example, if you take a slave, if you teach him all about your language, he will know all your secrets, and he is then no more a slave, for you can’t fool him any longer, and BEING A FOOL IS ONE OF THE BASIC INGREDIENTS OF ANY INCIDENTS TO THE MAINTENANCE OF THE SLAVERY SYSTEM. For example, if you told a slave that he must perform in getting out “our crops” and he knows the language well, he would know that “our crops” didn’t mean “our crops” and the slavery system would break down, for he would relate on the basis of what “our crops” really meant. So you have to be careful in setting up the new language; for the slaves would soon be in your house, talking to you as “man to man” and that is death to our economic system.
Now, one of the reasons Im about to start doing podcasts and video is that a lot of the black men and women I come across say “Well, I don’t read a lot. I mean, I read the sports page, and that’s it, Im not a reader”. And if you look at a lot of Facebook profiles under the section entitled “Reading” or “Books I like”, most of them type out the fact that they don’t read, don’t like reading, have no interest in reading.
In fact, the title of this post came from someone I met in a restaurant. After offering him a book suggestion, he came back with “Mayne, real niggas dont read!”
I agreed with that statement on one level: Niggas (root word niggers) dont read. The very word is synonymous with ignorance. But to imply that to be a real Black Man or Woman you have to embrace ignorance and shun reading is both sad and dangerous.
People, we are in the information age. If you don’t read you are still a slave. Let me re-quote the Willie Lynch letter
BEING A FOOL IS ONE OF THE BASIC INGREDIENTS OF ANY INCIDENTS TO THE MAINTENANCE OF THE SLAVERY SYSTEM.
By not reading, you remain an economic slave, a slave in the penal system, a slave in the corporate system, and a social slave.
Are You Still A Slave?
Some of you are also familiar with “Blacks Dont Read: They are Still Our Slaves“. reportedly written by a Caucasian. This post was circulated on the net in 2005 and read on air in New York via a radio station. In it, the author writes:
Their IGNORANCE is the primary weapon of containment.
A great man once said, “The best way to hide something from Black people is to put it in a book.” We now live in the Information Age. They have gained the opportunity to read any book on any subject through the efforts of their fight for freedom, yet they refuse to read. There are numerous books readily available at Borders, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com, not to mention their own Black Bookstores that provide solid blueprints to reach economic equality (which should have been their fight all along), but few read consistently, if at all.
He closes with his monologue with this:
Yes, we will continue to contain them as long as they refuse to read, continue to buy anything they want, and keep thinking they are “helping” their communities by paying dues to organizations which do little other than hold lavish conventions in our hotels.
By the way, don’t worry about any of them reading this letter, remember, ‘THEY DON’T READ!
I hope Black Men and Women in America and abroad turn their back on the doctrine that many live by…the doctrine that “real niggas dont read”!
If you encounter this mentality, print this post out, give it to the man or woman that believes that to be black means to be ignorant, and talk about it. Be the catalyst for change. It is willful ignorance and apathy that is the real danger to the Black race.
Information is resistance. Arm yourself and others