Wednesday, December 29, 2010

What Killed “Merry Christmas”? Kwanzaa Did

December 29th, 2010 Kevin “Coach” Collins,
On the day before Christmas in 1971 the New York Times ran an article about a new “holiday” called Kwanzaa that was invented by a Black separatist named Ron Everett. Everett now uses the made up “African” name Maulana Karenga to show the world he wants nothing to do with White America.
That Mr. Karenga was in a California prison doing a one-to-ten year stretch for illegally imprisoning and maiming two Black women he thought were plotting to kill him meant nothing to the Times. They didn’t want to talk about how their new hero had been certified as a paranoid schizophrenic by a court, so they didn’t.
Karenga calls his new “holiday” Kwanzaa, a Swahili phrase meaning “first fruits” because he maintains it is a harvest festival. The truth, however, has a very different ring. Kwanzaa is Karenga’s answer to Christmas. He would like nothing better than to see Kwanzaa actually become the “Black Christmas” he has always fantasized about.
In his 1977 book on Kwanzaa, Karenga said it “was chosen to give a Black alternative to the existing holiday and give Blacks an opportunity to celebrate themselves and history, rather than simply imitate the practice of the dominant [White] society.”
Upon hearing of the new “holiday”, a young unknown Al Sharpton commented that Kwanzaa “would perform the valuable service of “de-whitizing” Christmas.”
The idea that Kwanzaa is a harvest festival is bogus. Harvests don’t happen in December, not even in Karenga’s make believe version of Africa. The closest thing to a Kwanzaa like festival in Africa is the Yam Festival held yearly in Ghana and Nigeria at the beginning of August, yet Kwanzaa is celebrated each year between December 26 and January 1.
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