A house divided against itself will not stand!

    Way back in time, when the whole world had one language and a common speech, the inhabitants of a land called Shinar once said to each other, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” So they did, until one day when God descended to see the works of their hands. He said,If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.” So he scattered them over the earth, thereby stopping the building of the city. For this reason, it was named Babel – because there God confused the language of the whole world.
    Few instances, such as the above-mentioned, can begin to limn the sheer enormity of the potential, reach, and power of unity, a phenomenon whose influence is far greater than tongue or pen can ever tell. To this effect, another occurrence that comes to mind is the speech that was delivered by Willie Lynch in 1712, on the bank of the James River in Virginia. Lynch, a British slave owner in the West Indies, had been invited to Virginia to teach his methods and practices to slave owners there. The transcript of his speech reads,
   Greetings, gentlemen. I greet you here on the bank of the James River in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and twelve. First, I shall thank you, the gentlemen of the Colony of Virginia, for bringing me here. I am here to help you solve some of your problems with slaves. Your invitation reached me on my modest plantation in the West Indies, where I have experimented with some of the newest, and still the oldest, methods for control of slaves. Ancient Rome would envy us if my program is implemented. As our boat sailed south on the James River, named for our illustrious King, whose version of the Bible we cherish, I saw enough to know that your problem is not unique. While Rome used cords of wood as crosses for standing human bodies along its highways in great numbers, you are here using the tree and the rope on occasions. I caught the whiff of a dead slave hanging from a tree, a couple miles back. You are not only losing valuable stock by hangings, you are having uprisings, slaves are running away, your crops are sometimes left in the fields too long for maximum profit, you suffer occasional fires, your animals are killed. Gentlemen, you know what your problems are; I do not need to elaborate. I am not here to enumerate your problems, I am here to introduce you to a method of solving them. 
    In my bag here, I have a full proof method for controlling your black slaves. I guarantee every one 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 your overseer can use it. I have outlined a number of differences among the slaves; and I take these differences and make them bigger. I use fear, distrust, and envy for control purposes. These methods have worked on my modest plantation in the West Indies and it will work throughout the South. Take this simple little list of differences and think about them. On top of my list is age, but it’s there only because it starts with an “a.” The second is color or shade. There is intelligence, size, sex, sizes of plantations, status on plantations, attitude of owners, whether the slaves live in the valley, on a hill, East, West, North, South, have fine hair, course hair, or is tall or short.
    Now that you have a list of differences, I shall give you an outline of action, but before that, I shall assure you that distrust is stronger than trust and envy stronger than adulation, respect or admiration. 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 white servants and overseers who distrust all blacks. But 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. Thank you gentlemen.”
    Often times, I have wondered and imagined the thoughts that must have been dashing through Nelson Mandela’s mind, as he marched through the prison gates towards freedom on the morning of February 11, 1990. Perhaps he kept muttering to himself saying, “I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities.” This ideal, among many, became a part of the fundamentals that brought unity and peace to South Africa, and molded it into the rainbow nation it is today. It is through the power of unity, that Mahatma Gandhi led India to independence through nonviolent civil disobedience, a feat that inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. It is through unity that despite the vastly greater might and valor of the British in war, US forces repulsed sea and land invasions in and around the critical port of Baltimore during the war of 1812, and defended the star spangled banner through glaring rockets and bombs bursting in mid air. It is through unity that the “Miracle on Ice” came to be, when the American men’s hockey national team, composed of amateur and collegiate players, defeated the Soviet Union national team that had won the gold medal in six of the seven previous Olympic games.
    More importantly, the inherent power of unity is a universal principle that does not exercise moral distinctions of any kind. For instance, Hitler unified the Germans against the Jews using techniques such as intimidation, manipulative dogma, and discriminatory philosophies, all of which culminated in the slaying of 6 million plus Jews. During the Rwandan Civil War, the Hutu Power government and Hutu nationalists unified and supported the Hutu majority in the ethnically motivated mass slaughter of 500,000 – 1, 000, 000 Tustis. More recently, Al-Qaeda and several terrorist groups have used the Muslim religion to unify some of its followers under their cause, and to justify, camouflage, and propagate their politically motivated violent initiatives, taking millions of lives around the globe in the process.
    In  précis, unity is a dynamic phenomenon whose power and potency is universal, and can never be overemphasized. For as sure as the strength and protection of the Buffalo is in the unity of the herd, the ruthlessness and power of the lion lies in the unity of its pride. We must always be wary and vigilant of the might of the masses when they unify behind lies, creeds, dogmas, and misguided philosophies. So as we trudge through life paying our dues, we must take heed to the lessons on the unyielding power and unwieldy influence of unity so evidently shown throughout the events in history. Like Joshua and the Israelites, we must all march around the walls of Jericho as one, we must all march in the same direction as one, we must all blow our trumpets simultaneously as one, and let out a deafening shout simultaneously as one. For as J.K. Rowling once said, “We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.”
                                         Author: Clever Mukori                                                                                               
Work Cited
“Willie Lynch letter: The Making of a Slave.” News Paper. Final Call News. 29 May, 2012. Web. 27 August, 2014.
Genesis 11. Great Britain: Little, Brown, 2001. Print.

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