Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Why I No Longer Celebrate Kwanzaa by Akindele Akinyemi
Today is the first day of Kwanzaa in the urban community. Each year Black folks put on their best African garb and speak Kiswahili for 7 days. This is where the Black Nationalists and socialist people come out in full force.
Kwanzaa is a celebration in the urban community. It is not a holiday. It was started by Maulana Karenga in 1966. If you do not know who that is he is the one who ran the US organization that got into a serious conflict with the Black Panther Party in Los Angeles. Many have suspected that Karega was an FBI agent working with the FBI's COINTELPRO plan to destroy Black organizations during that period of time.
Claiming to have the unity of black people in mind, Karenga committed most of his crimes against blacks. Just five years after his invention of Kwanzaa, he was convicted of torturing two black women by stripping them naked, beating them with electrical cords, placing a hot iron into the mouth of one and mangling the toe of the other in a vice. During the ordeal, he forced them to drink detergent.
I am not into Kwanzaa like I used to. It is too commercialized like Black History Month. I mean, Jesus, why would JC Penney sell kente cloth?
The other reason why I am not into this "Black" celebration is because we are Americans first. It is neither an African American celebration nor pan-African. In fact it, like most blacks in this nation, has nothing whatsoever to do with Africa. It's a time of celebrating the separation of blacks from whites. Its originator used common ethical and moral values that are consistent with nearly EVERY nation on the planet to create this false celebration.
Kwanzaa is a made-up creed created by a man hostile to the very God you claim to worship! According to Karenga, Christianity is a myth. He does not believe in the God of the Bible. He says this about Christianity: "Belief in spooks who threaten us if we don't worship them and demand we turn over our destiny and daily lives must be categorized as spookism and condemned." He believes that the death, burial and resurrection of Christ - the whole rationale behind Christianity - is a myth.
Christians must understand that Karenga intends Kwanzaa to be an alternative to Christmas so that blacks can celebrate themselves rather than the birth of Christ. Kwanzaa is not an innocuous celebration of black history. It attempts to spiritualize that history, replacing Christ-centered theology with pagan principles. For Christians, the only principles by which to live are found in God's word, The Holy Bible.
After much research I found that Kwanzaa is simply the founder’s Black Communist Pipe Dream. They all are based on Blacks thinking of themselves exclusively. I have realized over the years that I am an American and do not need to feel that my life must be lived in a racially segregated bubble. While it is nice for people to help one another, there is no need to feel that it must be carried out in a racially segregated manner.
The Seven So Called Principles
Unity - This is in no way an attempt to foster unity with America. It is about unity of Blacks and Blacks alone. And communism is of course about unity of thought. The page with the principles mentions unity of nation, but don’t be fooled into thinking that means unity with America. Because Kwanzaa is all about Blackness. It is about “Black America” and nobody else. Black America joining in unity with Blacks across the globe.
Self-Determination - Is all about Blacks defining, naming and creating for themselves. Self-determination within individuals is great, but a racially exclusive effort is pure segregation. Again this is about Blacks thinking of themselves separate from America. Because to live under the definitions of America is to be thought of as living under “the White man”. There is no effort in Kwanzaa for Blacks to see themselves as Americans.
Collective Work and Responsibility - Straight Communist. This is basically the shortest definition of communism that could ever be given. It’s all about Blacks exclusively working. No Whites allowed and I will point out later how the founder of Kwanzaa went to great lengths to never work with non-Blacks. This is not Christian and this is not American.
Cooperative Economics - This is about Blacks and only Blacks pooling their money and building an economic foundation separate from others. This is counter to the idea of building your own business and trading with all. Counter to working with the best regardless of race. Which is counter to true free market capitalism. It is a foundation of Black Nationalism. Blacks building a separate nation for themselves with their own economy, leaders and rules separate from America. It’s a shame that some feel that Blacks should not work with Whites, trade with Whites, live with Whites, marry Whites and so on.
Purpose - This is not any purpose built in being American. I’m not saying that Jesus is an American, but I am saying that Americans find purpose in ourselves as individuals within a nation. And we work with other nations that are willing to work with us and hold to standards that show a level of respect and dignity.
This purpose is about Blacks building to “traditional greatness”. This is based in the idea that Blacks were “kings and queens” in Africa. It ignores the fact that it was former African Kings that made deals with non-Africans to trade humans as slaves. And those human slaves were not “kings”, but rather individuals that the African Kings found to be expendable.
Creativity - This is about people building up their own community. Ideas like this are fine if they were not founded on racial exclusion. When Kwanzaa’s founder Maulana Karenga speaks of community, he is speaking of Black Community. That is why the “holiday” is racially exclusive.
Faith - It’s all about Blacks having faith in Blacks and Blacks alone. It is based in Karenga’s faith that Blacks build their own separate Black Communist Utopia.
Sorry but as I evolve Kwanzaa was fun to celebrate at one time in my life. No longer. I am free. If you celebrate it that is on you. I think I will stick to Jesus Chirst.