Sunday, December 26, 2004

Kwanzaa's "Stamp" of Approval

In a day in age where people actually believe there is a law separating church and state, and that schools and towns are being harassed for the mere mention of Christmas at, well Christmas time, we've taken our PC to a new extreme -- which was driven home when I went to the Post Office the other day and saw the Kwanzaa stamp being prominiently featured in the lobby right next to the Christmas stamps.

With the exception of Bing Crosby's wishes, I don't remember Christmas being a white holiday. But in 1966, Ron Karenga invented the celebration of Kwanzaa with the intention of "de-whitinizing" Christmas, as Rev. Al Sharpton put it several years later. Karenga was quite the inventor back then, having also established himself the leader of United Slaves, a violent black nationalist cult group that wanted a separate black state. (He changed those nationalist views several years later, becoming a Marxist.)

Karenga was is also a convicted felon, having served time in a California prison for brutally torturing two black women who were members of US. Just how brutal? Well, the following day, Karenga told the women that "Vietnamese torture is nothing compared to what I know. " The women had detergent put in their mouths and a water hose turned on their faces full force, while Karenga threatened to shoot them with a gun he was holding. Both victims were whipped with an electrical cord after being ordered to remove their clothes, and one had a hot soldering iron placed in her mouth.

But back to the holiday of Kwanzaa itself. So right now, you may be thinking "so there really is no such celebration in Africa?" Nope, think about it. A celebration of the "first harvest" in December? In an interview inthe Washington Post several years ago, Karenga had this to say about Kwanaza ... "people think it's African, but it's not. I came up with Kwanzaa because Black people wouldn't celebrate if they new it was American. Also, I put it around Christmas because I knew that's when a lot of Bloods are partying."

I certainly don't think African Americans should be denied the opportunity to celebrate their heritage, but the nationally celebrated holiday is a farce and an affront to most black Christians I know who also believe Christmas is their holiday too.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree but then I am not politically correct. It is an attempte to further divide the country. Besides I don't have any black friends that celebrate this fictious hoilday.

December 30, 2004 at 9:24 AM  

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