IS Willie Lynch Syndrome Still Prevalent going into 2017?
“I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.” ~Harriet Tubman
What is Psychonegrosis? It is the mental psychosis that blocks black progression. Mindset is an important resource in someone’s life. It is the factor between those who are successful and those who fail. What I’ve seen is that many Black people have adopted a failure mentality. A mentality that causes us to be dependent on our suppressor. A mentality that causes us to hate and kill each other. A mentality that causes us to play the victim and fail as a community.
I was talking to a client of mine, speaking on life in general: How we need more Black business owners, how Black people need to support each other and how we need to accept responsibility for the part we play in our own oppression. Once I said “we need to take responsibility” I could feel the conversation tense up. He went on to explain slavery and civil rights and racism (he must not have known who he was talking too because I’m no dummy when it comes to Black issues in America…. side eye*). Once he finished speaking I let him know that I agreed with his observation; however, there comes a point when people have to start taking responsibility for their own actions. Once you know the cause for the behavior, you can fix it. Every Black person knows the cause but no one wants to change their behavior. Physically we are free but are minds are still enslaved as if it were 300+ years ago.
In 1712, William Lynch wrote a letter to slave owners saying “divide the blacks by skin tone and you’ll control them for 300+ years. And we have proven him right.
For the new year, I want Black people to change their mentality. I want Black people to be free of mental confinement and let us work together to achieve something GREAT. We have responsibility, not only to our ancestors who fought for us but to our children and our children’s, children. It is up to us to leave a dynasty so the ones who come after us aren’t starting over. The goal…whatever it is starts with one thing…your thoughts
For the year 2017, I am going to offer you tips on how to build generational wealth; even if you feel you don’t have the entrepreneurial spirit. Like Dr. Boyce Watkins always says, “This is not a sprint but a marathon.” Let’s make sure we have a leg in this race.
“Just because your pain is understandable, doesn’t mean your behavior is acceptable.”
Toni Larue is an author, entrepreneur and women’s empowerment advocate. She is the author of fiction novels, Abandoned Secrets (available now) and No Kissing (release date TBD), and the co-owner and COO of Team Jon Doe Management and Entertainment and Sounwave Music.