Roots of black violence are deep

Published 8:54 pm Friday, June 26, 2015

“Over the past 35 years in America, an estimated 324,000 blacks have been killed at the hands of fellow blacks, proving “racist” white cops are the least of their worries.” — Pete Papaherakles

“Ninety-three percent of blacks in America are killed by other blacks. We’re talking about the exception here.” — Rudy Giuliani

“Seventy-five percent of all black children are fatherless” — Bill O’Reilly

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Is it true that 21 consecutive days of the same behavior creates a habit? If so, how impactful would 146,000 days be? Think about it. 146,000 days is the 400 years of black slavery.

Now in the discussion of white cops killing unarmed blacks it has been mentioned that whites killing blacks is the minority, as black-on-black crime is the main issue blacks are failing to face.

So it has been the response for us to rally and riot when one of another race does the exact same thing that we have been conditioned to accept among each other. But why?

For years we have only dealt with fruit and branch issues. Today I choose to expose the root. The root took hold on the banks of the James River in the colony of Virginia on Dec. 25, 1712. It was on this date that British slave owner Willie Lynch came from the West Indies to Virginia to deliver a speech and conduct a workshop on how to “control” slaves.

His program was designed to establish that control indefinitely with tactics that included fear, distrust and envy. Here’s an excerpt from his four-page letter, “The Making of a Slave”:

“The Black slaves after receiving this indoctrination shall carry on and will become self refueling and self generating for hundreds of years, maybe thousands. Don’t forget you must pitch the old black Male vs. the young black Male, and the young black Male against the old black male. You must use the dark skin slaves vs. the light skin slaves, and the light skin slaves vs. the dark skin slaves. You must use the female vs. the male. And the male vs. the female. You must also have your white servants and overseers distrust all Blacks. It is necessary that your slaves trust and depend on us. They must love, respect and trust only us. Gentlemen, these kits are your keys to control. Use them. Have your wives and children use them, never miss an opportunity. If used intensely for one year, the slaves themselves will remain perpetually distrustful of each other.”

What we are seeing among blacks today is a learned behavior, an indoctrination and not just among blacks who plainly don’t care about one another. Following Lynch’s advice, slaveholders ensured that husbands were shipped off to another plantation and were unable to raise their own children.

But this letter somehow ceased to be taught as part of the the history of America. Therefore our children white and black are taught partial history, instead of full American history.

Us doing better will start with us knowing what really happened.

Domenick Epps is a Suffolk resident, real estate agent and youth pastor. Email him at