To Pimp a Butterfly

Complexion (A Zulu Love) Evidence I

          The Willie Lynch theory refers to the speech that Lynch gave in America about slave control. Lynch was a well known slave owner in the Caribbean and was invited to America to discuss how he controlled his slaves so well. He noted that he would use the slave’s differences against each other in order to make them distrust each other (Lynch 1). Later during the speech he states, “On top of my list is ‘Age,’ but it there only because it begins with ‘A.’/The second is ‘Color’ or ‘Shade,’ there is intelligence, size, sex, size of plantation, status of plantation, attitude of owner, whether the slaves live in the valley, on a hill, East, West, North, or South, have a fine or coarse hair, or is tall or short.” (Lynch 1). How he separates slaves for purposes of control is exactly how we socially ostracize each other in modern times. People of color in general feel pressured by society’s standard of beauty, white and able-bodied, to conform because their attributes have been used to divide, rather than to unite. Thus, explaining why Lamar proposes to switch to Zulu love.

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