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  • It had adult classes which taught, among other things, mathematics, to help the poor Negroes quit being duped and deceived by the "tricknology" of "the blue-eyed devil white man."

    The Autobiography of Malcolm X

  • They are masters in the science of "tricknology" and are behind this economic meltdown that the world economy is experiencing today.

    Wake Up From Your Slumber - The Truth Will Set You Free

  • LAMB: Is there really a word called ` tricknology '?

    An Original Man: The Life and Times of Elijah Muhammad

  • "The concept was to take all of the tricknology I knew from show business from over the years and use a lot of concepts that were easily and cheaply adaptable to make a show that would be real mystical in orientation for people," he said.

    NPR Topics: News

  • Labels: Assimilation, drunk white people, thats that tricknology, wtf?

    The Assimilated Negro

  • The frame was hand built for this project and the patterns are sublimated onto the frame with some kind of magnificent new tricknology.

    12ozPROPHET CREW BLOGS

  • The studio tricknology where the Dolls voices are layered on top of one another in a cascading fashion is far from cutting edge, but sounds cool regardless.

    IGN Music

  • This is nothing more than republican tricknology, Karl Rovian VODOO; Of course all real democrats would NEVER vote for George W. Bush’s third term, ENDLESS war, overturning of Roe V. Wade, or more record profits and tax breaks for oil companies while the average American spending power continues to thin.

    McCain incorrectly denies criticizing media's Clinton coverage

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  • "As with any rich language, there are words in Ebonics which convey powerful concepts that are lost in translation. “Tricknology” is one such word. “Tricknology” is a street corner word, an integral part of the inner city lexicon. It was coined by the Nation of Islam (NOI), and used in at least one public speech by Malcolm, but it was popularized by the Five Percenters, an NOI splinter group which appeals mainly to youth. The Five Percenters made the word an essential part of the black urban vocabulary. Switching gears momentarily from urban street corners to fairy tale wonderlands, “tricknology” is an example of a “portmanteau word” which signifies, as Humpty Dumpty explained to Alice in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, that there are several meanings packed into one word. As the Five Percenters say, if you “break down” (analyze the etymological components of) the word “tricknology,” you will discover: the word “trick,” the word “knowledge,” and the suffix “-logy” which means “the science, doctrine or theory of.” Tricknology, then, is the “science of trick knowledge. Tricknology is not simply “plain ol’ trickery”; nor is it exemplified by your average street hustler’s con game. Tricknology denotes a much more subtle and sophisticated level of deception. The “science of trick knowledge” means the science of using respected fields of knowledge (or one’s official or expert capacity) in a cunning, devious or deceitful manner. The term “tricknology,” therefore, denotes the usage of any of the following techniques for purposes of fraud, deception, or the creation of ideological hegemony: sophistry, academic jargon, legalese, double-speak, psycho-babble, disinformation campaigns, lying with statistics, political chicanery, spin-doctoring, double-dealing, playing both sides against the middle, creating smoke-screens, subliminal advertising, media manipulation, the manufacture of consensus, etc. Of course, tricknology also includes any artifice used to divide and conquer people and any legally-sanctioned scheme employed by the wealthy to defraud poor people of their money or property (such as predatory lending practices). Most importantly, tricknology is almost exclusively the tool of the white man. (The Native American expression“the white man speaks with forked tongue” denotes that he lies; tricknology denotes the complex and elaborate machinations involved in his lying.) Hence, the word typically appears in these contexts: “the white man is using his tricknology on you” or—as when casting aspersions on a suspected ruse or ploy by whites to pull the wool over black people’s eyes—“that’s just the white man’s tricknology.” In short, tricknology is what the oppressor uses to keep black people deceived, misdirected, misinformed, baffled, duped, confused, torn between two poles, lulled into false security or false consciousness, distracted, diverted, un-alert or preoccupied, and powerless and impoverished."

    The Sambo Thesis Revisited: Slavery’s Impact upon the African American Personality. by Yusuf Nuruddin

    January 21, 2012

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    August 17, 2008

  • And one day Yacub thought to himself that if he could create a race of people completely different from the original people—genetically different—that race could come to dominate the black nation through tricknology.
    —Jeffrey Eugenides, 2002, Middlesex, p. 154

    August 16, 2008