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By Eric D. Hackley
“War on Willie Lynch Slave Mentality” Black Community Forum. WHEN and WHERE: Saturday, June 28, 2014 at the Downtown Allen County Public Library.
This past Wednesday, June 18, 2014, Nation of Islam Student Minister, Brother Nuri Muhammad was back in town. As always, he gave a brilliant lecture and hit upon many good points that were thought provoking. His main focus however, seemed to center our mindset and how we can consciously change our own thinking.
At this point, I had questions. According to the infamous “Willie Lynch Letter”, after 300 years of continuous brainwashing, a “newly indoctrinated” mindset is pretty much becomes almost genetically embedded into our DNA, to the extent that one would need an exorcist to eradicate this newly fabricated indoctrinated mentality from our hearts and souls.
Nevertheless, it made me want to ask the questions, can we really change our own mindset? If so, where do we focus? How do we do it? And why haven’t we already done this?
Unfortunately, due to time limitations, I didn’t have the opportunity to ask him these three questions that I was most curious about.
1. Is there a psychological link between today’s Black mindset and the recent emergence of ‘Hood Disease’ in Oakland, CA.,
2. Does the argument have validity that after hundreds of years of enslavement, Jim Crow and the Civil Rights Movement, “Willie Lynch” now serves as the apparent psychological basis of our motivation, reasoning and perhaps directly influences our ability to build relationships with black and white people? And,
3. Is it necessarily true that until we destroy “Willie Lynch” and get him out of our collective subconscious mindsets, that we’re screwed and will never become the Black community that we should be?
As I contemplated my questions, I quickly realized there are many more questions that need to be answered. But according to tradition, unless the major media or white celebrities brings up an important point or realization, no one seems to care. If they don’t focus on it, no one else will focuses on it.
Therefore on June 28, 2014 at the Downtown Allen County Public Library, I will host Fort Wayne’s “War on Willie Lynch Slave Mentality” Black Community Forum.
I have selected many intelligent, insightful, unafraid and unapologetic Fort Wayne African Americans to speak for 10 minutes, addressing topics, dilemmas and challenges and how they personally have dealt with those challenges. At the end of each presentation, the audience will have up to 10 minutes to ask questions to each speaker. If the audience has no questions, I will ask questions aimed to go into more depth on each speaker’s topic.
I agree one hundred percent with Brother Nuri’s diagnosis that we can change our own mindset. But unfortunately, evidence suggests that we may be willing to do so, we apparently don’t know how to do so and our mindset won’t allow us to put too much thought into solving this dilemma.
That’s why it’s time for Fort Wayne African American Intellectual Warfare to be declared on “Willie Lynch Slave Mentality.” We know it has to happen sooner or later, so it might as well be now in a City that has a heritage of Historic Battles and confrontational successes. Admission is free, beginning at 1:00 pm.