The President and Mrs. Obama would like to wish us a Joyous Kwanzaa. From the White House official website:
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
Statement by the President and First Lady on Kwanzaa
Michelle and I extend our warmest thoughts and wishes to all those who are celebrating Kwanzaa this holiday season. Today is the first of a joyful seven-day celebration of African American culture and heritage. The seven principles of Kwanzaa — Unity, Self Determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity, and Faith — are some of the very values that make us Americans.
As families across America and around the world light the Kinara today in the spirit of umoja or unity, our family sends our well wishes and blessings for a happy and healthy new year.
Gee, uh, thanks Mr. President…? Those are the very values that make us American? Let’s look at those values carefully:
- Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
- Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.
- Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems, and to solve them together.
- Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
- Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
- Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
- Imani (Faith): To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
There sure does seem to be a whole lot of “our” in those descriptions of the 7 values of Kwanzaa. Considering that it is a holiday created by a black man and celebrated by black people only, how is this holiday about the values of Americans? Are you implying that all Americans should support black only stores, communities, problems, etc? Or is this supposed to only apply to the “between half and two million people” who celebrate it?
Maybe we need to look further to identify the original values and their origins. Let’s start at the very beginning because this holiday is surely rooted in a long history of celebration throughout the black community around the world, right? It was created by a man named Ronald N. Everett. He set out to create a celebration in which, “The sevenfold path of blackness is think black, talk black, act black, create black, buy black, vote black, and live black.” during the turbulent ’60s. At the time, Ron was attending UCLA and found himself in a battle of powers with the Black Panthers over the newly started African Studies Department. Back then, like today, the Black Panthers main goal was to create a Marxist society, however that didn’t suit Everett. His group, United Slaves Organization, wanted to create a separate black state. These two groups found themselves in a cafeteria with about 150 people present. The outcome wasn’t good… 2 members of the Black Panther group were shot to death by associates of Everett.
By this time in 1970, Everett who had already created the 7 Principle Of Blackness(which are the cornerstones of Kwanzaa) and named himself Maulana Karenga, managed to put himself into worse trouble.
“On May 9, 1970 he initiated the torture session that led to his imprisonment. The torture session was described in the L.A. Times on May 14, 1971. “The victims said they were living at Karenga’s home when Karenga accused them of trying to kill him by placing crystals in his food and water and in various areas of his house. When they denied it, allegedly they were beaten with an electrical cord and a hot soldering iron was put in Miss Davis’ mouth and against her face.
Police were told that one of Miss Jones’ toes was placed in a small vise, which then was tightened by the men and one woman. The following day Karenga told the women that ‘Vietnamese torture is nothing compared to what I know.” Miss Tamao put detergent in their mouths; Smith turned a water hose full force on their faces, and Karenga, holding a gun, threatened to shoot both of them. The victims Deborah Jones and Gail Davis were whipped with an electrical cord and beaten with a karate baton after being ordered to remove their clothing.”
Karenga was convicted of two counts of felonious assault and one count of false imprisonment. He was sentenced on Sept. 17, 1971 to serve one to ten years in prison. After being released from prison in 1975, he remade himself as Maulana Ron Karenga, went into academics, and by 1979 was running the Black Studies Department at California State University in Long Beach and converted to Marxism. Kwanzaa’s seven principles include “collective work” and “cooperative economics.” He is still there and everyone has almost forgotten the cruel and vicious attacks committed on his fellow blacks. Kwanzaa has been successfully marketed and is now heralded as a great African tradition.”
That sure doesn’t sound like the path of a good and holy leader. Maybe we need to look at his messages when he created Kwanzaa(from wikipedia). Let’s go back to pre-December 26th 1966…
“During the early years of Kwanzaa, Karenga said that it was meant to be an alternative to Christmas, that Jesus was psychotic, and that Christianity was a white religion that black people should shun.”
And from his book, The Quotable Karenga(hat tip to Critical Narrative for the hard work):
“To talk Black is to start talking ‘we’ instead of ‘me.'” page 7.
“We want integration– integration of dark and light Black people.” page 16
“We should not be blamed for talking separation. Racism in America has already decided this. We just want to be separate and powerful, not segregated and powerless.” page 18
“Brothers must watch out for whites who are rebelling against their own society and uses the wave of Black revolution to push their cause.” page 29
“White people can’t be Black peoples friend. A friend is your alter-ego and a reflection of yourself.” page 30
“All whites are white. White doesn’t represent a color it represents a mentality that is anti-black.” page 30
More from Critical Narrative, this time let’s look at more of Karenga’s religious perspectives…
“Christianity is a white religion. It has a white God, and any ‘Negro’ who believes in it is a sick ‘Negro.’ How can you prey to a white man? If you believe in him, no wonder you catch so much hell.” page 25
“Jesus was psychotic. He said if you didn’t believe what he did you would burn forever.” page 25
“We are Gods ourselves, therefore it is not good to be atheistic or agnostic. To be an atheist is to deny our existence and do be agnostic is to doubt it.” page 26
“The time we spent learning about Jesus, we should have spent learning about Blacks. The money we spend on church should have been spent on our community and the respect we gave to the Lord should have been given to our parents.” page 26
“If you realize how human Jesus was you’d see he was no God.” page 26
“Next thing Christianity deal with is spookism which is a degeneration of spiritualism.” page 26
“They taught us Christianity so we could be like Jesus– crucified.” page 27
“Jesus said, ‘My blood will wash you white as snow’. Who wants to be white but sick ‘Negroes’, or worse yet– washed that way by the blood of a dead Jew. You know if Nadinola bleaching cream couldn’t do it, no dead Jew’s blood is going to do it.” page 28
This next quote probably best illustrates Karenga’s contempt of Christianity:
“The Christian is our worse enemy. Quiet as it’s kept it was a Christian who enslaved us. Quiet as it’s kept it’s the Christian that burns us. Quiet as it’s kept it’s a Christian that beats us down on the street; and quiet as it’s kept, when the thing goes down it’ll be a Christian that’s shooting us down. You have to face the fact that if the Christian is doing all this there must be something wrong with Christianity.” page 27.”
Well, that just about spells it out for me. I have no interest in connecting myself to a black separatists idea of anti-Christianity. Based on the history of the celebration(I’m now no longer going to call it a holiday), I’d say that it is not one that embodies love, respect, tradition, or even values as Mr. Obama would have us believe. It is time for the PC crap to end on this bogus anti-American, anti-religious celebration… This celebration must be relegated to the scrap pile. Regardless of whatever spin you want to put on the changed message, it’s no different than putting lipstick on a pig. This celebration was created in the ’60s by a radical black separatist who hated Christianity, whites, America, and apparently women. This celebration is only observed in America and is not a worldwide festivity so can we really accept the validity of it?
After coming to the roots of Kwanzaa’s foundations, there is no way that a Christian can rightfully stand by this abomination of a celebration. There are ways to be proud as a black person, there are ways to celebrate one’s heritage, but demonize Christianity or to segregate yourselves only does a greater disservice to your very struggles in America. If blacks want to elevate themselves out of the current state of race relations, then might I recommend looking beyond their short but horrible histories here in America. To borrow from a recent friend I’ve made who happens to be a black pastor, “…thousands of years of Black history and all we can remember is being slaves…well, every major culture has been in that position and they seem to be able to focus on more than that…we need revival in our hearts to move on!” and “…race is simply an ideological construct meant to divide and subjugate people…nowhere in the Bible is this concept considered and the Bible is THE religious text that shows the path to the reconciliation of all people…”
Mr. President… I don’t accept your vision of Kwanzaa nor do I accept your well wishes. Thanks anyways.