African Amercican History

Topics: Slavery, African American, Black people Pages: 4 (1324 words) Published: April 24, 2013
African American History

Why there are More Black Females in College than Black Males

It is common knowledge that there is a drastic difference in the number of African American females in college versus the number of their male counterparts in college. However, a question that is seldom asked or thought about by the majority of the population is why? Why has there been little to none progression nor influence with this alarming disparity? To find the answer to this question, one might want to read and critically depict The Willie Lynch Letter of 1712. The ideology and implications discussed in The Willie Lynch Letter are the reason why there are more African American females in college than African American males. The next question that should be asked is, how can ideas implicated THREE centuries ago still be in effect today? The reason being is because these ideas targeted the psychology of the African American male and female so deep into its core that is has carried over into today’s society but how?

Willie Lynch, a British slave owner in the West Indies, and came to United States to advise American slave owners how to keep their slaves from revolting against them. Lynching or Lynch Law is actually attributed to him. Lynching initially referred to the hanging of the black man. The William Lynch Speech or letter emanates from an unknown inception which attracted widespread attention when it was scattered in the internet by 1990s. It was verbally expressed to be addressed to an audience on the bank of the James River in Virginia in 1712 regarding the control of slaves in the colony. William Lynch was the speaker was evoked to Virginia in 1712, due to a few slave revolts in the area prior to his visit, and his dubious reputation of being an authoritative and strict slave owner. Believers in the substantiality of the William Lynch Speech called it mental slavery. Before speaking upon the African American female, one must target her...

Cited: Lynch, William. "Willie Lynch Letter: The Making of a Slave." Web.
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