What Is Willie Lynch Syndrome?

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Willie Lynch Syndrome refers to the ongoing polarizing sociological issues within the African-American community. The syndrome takes its name from a speech allegedly given by British slave owner William Lynch in 1712.

According to an article on New Pittsburgh Courier’s website, the African American Centers for Advanced Studies Council believes this syndrome causes a divide in the African-American community, and is responsible for black-on-black violence. Willie Lynch Syndrome can be demonstrated in prejudice based on skin tone or the coarseness of one’s hair. The Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University states that the account of the speech given by Willie Lynch is a hoax. However, the effect is still recognized as a legitimate concern in present-day society.