The study of Lynchology: Key to dismantling slave mentality

| July 5, 2013
Jihad Shabazz

Jihad Shabazz is married with 3 sons and works for a local company. He is an Indiana State University graduate and Malcolm X enthusiast. (Photo: Courtesy Eric Hackley)


Since there’s strong evidence that all the social, psychological and economic ills facing Fort Wayne and American black people can be traced back to the dictates of Willie Lynch, Jihad Shabazz and I have co-authored a new social history science that we call Lynchology.

Ladies and gentlemen, I would like for you to listen a few moments to Mr. Jihad Shabazz:

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“Thank you Mr. Hackley. The reason I got on board with the idea of dismantling Willie Lynch is because the climate in this country right now is that many people feel black people in general, are suffering from a disease called excuse-ism. We make excuses for everything; not succeeding with our families, on our jobs, economically and what have you. What we have found is for the most part our people do suffer from that. But, what is totally unique to American black people more so than to immigrants who came here in the early part of the 19th century and who are coming here now is that they have come here with their history in tact. Whereas, our African history was destroyed by the early American slave owners as they embarked upon a campaign to spiritually break, brainwash and domesticate their African slaves. Therefore, we had to find a starting point from which ascend and we see a workable starting point beginning with Willie Lynch.

“Before I go on, yes, there are many other facts, theories and conceptual foundations that could and perhaps should be used to pick apart and destroy slave mentality. Mr. Hackley and I propose our analysis as a starting point. When you and the other detractors propose your theories and remedies on how to mentally emancipate black people, please submit them to Frost Illustrated. The more blacks and others we get to think outside the box and start writing, the better it will be for the masses of black people and the potential enlightenment for all living in the United States of America.

“Now back to our analysis. The Willie Lynch modus operandi was that he devised and implemented a program that would keep slavery perpetual, even when the legalized slavery system was no more. Slave owners could foresee a potential problem when they heard about slave uprisings in Central and South America due to the disproportionate number of black slaves to white Slave owners. This could cause a problem because within unbalanced numbers, you have a potential powder keg. So Willie Lynch was brought to the United States to deal with the problem before word had got back to the slaves here in the United States of slaves starting to revolt. He had a program where Africans would be divided through their natural biological differences and he said that this program which began in 1712 would last for 300 years and if it works to its ultimate end, it will last forever.

“The reason were doing this show today is that now, we have a starting point in Fort Wayne. On stage today, we have a lot of people talking about different success stories. I think these stories are the precursors to the dismantling of Willie Lynch and the system that has been put in place today.

“Also, the hidden, forgotten and ignored history of Kekionga (Fort Wayne prior to 1794), serves as a precedent for defeating slave mentality and white supremacy oriented thinking. For those educators, political leaders, blacks and others who don’t see the relevance of knowing early Fort Wayne history, educate yourselves to Harmar’s Defeat and St. Clair’s Defeat led by Miami War Chief Little Turtle in defending his homeland of Kekionga. You will learn that these two battles were in the top three worst defeats the Americans faced in their quest to take the Indian’s land. The other notable defeat the Americans experienced was The Battle of The Little Bighorn, commonly referred to as Custer’s Last Stand. This battle was number two in the deaths of Americans and countless movies were made about it.

“But, what about Kekionga and the worst defeat in American history aka St. Clair’s defeat. Many of us went to Harmar School, but most didn’t know that his orders were to destroy Kekionga, kill the Indians and burn their crops to starve the Indians they didn’t kill during the winter months. But, General Harmar wasn’t victorious and because of his historic defeat, he was forced to resign from the American Army in disgrace. Where are the movies and accolades for and about Chief Little Turtle and the Indians who fought here? Kekionga history does not exist and has become extinct in our modern day mindset.

“Our local history has been hidden, making it the perfect precedent for the “Substantial Original Historical Base” that’s mentioned in line 10 of the September 22, 2009 Edition of the Final call Newspaper, in the WARNING: POSSIBLE INTERLOPING NEGATIVES section of the Willie Lynch letter. The way the Indian tribes united to fight the American terrorists with bows and arrows, conceptually is a direct parallel showing black warriors and intellectuals how they can unite and destroy Willie Lynch, and black psychological and economic genocide, by substituting heart and editorials for bows and arrows.

“One thing I can say about myself in knowing about Willie Lynch is that when I attended Indiana State University, I met a guy named Omar Faruk. He had wanted to start up a Malcolm X Club there and everyone knows, I am a big fan of Malcolm X. We had speeches during this time in the Nation of Islam about Willie Lynch. In fact, that’s when I first heard about Willie Lynch. I never knew the relevance until now as I got older and see how things have taken place in the black community. Now I understand what Malcolm was talking about. Even though others were starting movements like Martin Luther King, the Willie Lynch story still applied. Those two people, just like I witnessed earlier about black people not sticking together, I believe that happened between W.E.B. Dubois and Booker T. Washington well as Malcolm X and Martin Luther King. They both had the right programs and were coming closer together, but it never transpired.

So I think with different success stories, different ideologies and knowing Fort Wayne Indian history, we can still dismantle Willie Lynch for the simple fact that we’re starting to talk about it.

“Through this process of dismantling ‘Lynchology,’ we can find different solutions that will eventually end the whole concept of perpetual slavery. The reason Mr. Hackley and I coined this ‘Lynchology’ is that we believe it has evolved into a social science. I was taught back in graduate school about critical theory. My professor talked about a concept called ‘epistemology,’ how do we know what we know. And, he discussed a concept called ‘ontology’ which states ways of knowing. This is the starting point I believe through the different stories from the younger people and older people, these are ways of knowing how to address certain situations, how to persevere and how to dismantle Lynchology. Through this, I believe there can be a cohesive effort regardless of ideological persuasions that we can go about dismantling Willie Lynch and directly send his ideology into the grave.

“Thank you for listening.”


This article originally appeared in the July 3 print edition.

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Eric Hackley is a veteran independent journalist, television show host and producer focusing largely on history, particularly family history in the black community. His award-winning public access television shows have featured a host of local and national icons. Hackley can be contacted at

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