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.


Anonymous said...

Coopted ExProgressive Black Afrikan Christians can celebrate Kwanzaa as a political movement & worship Christ primarily
El Hajj Malik El Shabazz or Malcolm X taught that the racially discriminatory treatment that Black Afrikans receive in the US proves that Black Afrikans born in the US or naturalized in the US are not considered "true" US citizens - a true US citizen is a White European-American because White European-American rights are protected

Akindele F. Akinyemi said...

whatever. your rights are protected under the constitution. this goes to show you that you do not even know your legal rights under the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments of the constitution of the unuted states. therefore you are a U.S. citizen.

Anonymous said...

In my experience with Kwanzaa I have seen nothing but positivity. It could have been created by the devil himself and I wouldnt care. The outcome is a celebration that I am proud to be apart of. Who cares where you buy your kente cloth as long as your are passing down the true meaning of it to your children. This blog seems like a tool of the COINTELPRO plan you spoke of. I see no purpose in it but to destroy something that is Black and beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Coopted ExProgressive - the US Supreme Court declared the US Civil Rights Act of 1875 unconstitutional - the 14th Amendment does not protect Black Afrikans from racism Civil Rights Cases 109 US 3 (1883)

Anonymous said...

I don't worship men ..but I do agree with the principles of Kwanzaa...nothing is going to be perfect. Every African American who celebrates Kwanzaa knows that they are Americans first. The purpose of celebrating it is to have something of our own...I don't see why you can't celebrate Christmas and Kwanzaa at the same time...

Anonymous said...

I celebrate Kwanzaa and will continue to place value in it... I stress in my children the importance of having certain cultural values that we can call our own......Neither I nor my family and friends look at is as a black nationalist holiday but as a period where we teach and learn about our families and ourselves, we take and use the best practices from the previous year and prepare for the future economically,emotionally, and spiritually...I did dump the merry-mess and love that i left tha pagan worship to the pagans..

Akindele F. Akinyemi said...

Fo all of you who continue to celebrate something that we do not celebrate in Africa let me say this.

Kwanzaa itself is a lunatic blend of schmaltzy '60s rhetoric, black racism and Marxism. Indeed, the seven "principles" of Kwanzaa praise collectivism in every possible arena of life -- economics, work, personality, even litter removal.

When Karenga was asked to distinguish Kawaida, the philosophy underlying Kwanzaa, from "classical Marxism," he essentially explained that under Kawaida, we also hate whites. While taking the "best of early Chinese and Cuban socialism" -- which one assumes would exclude the forced abortions, imprisonment for homosexuals and forced labor -- Kawaida practitioners believe one's racial identity "determines life conditions, life chances and self-understanding." There's an inclusive philosophy for you.

Coincidentally, the seven principles of Kwanzaa are the very same seven principles of the Symbionese Liberation Army, another charming invention of the Least-Great Generation. In 1974, Patricia Hearst, kidnap victim-cum-SLA revolutionary, posed next to the banner of her alleged captors, a seven-headed cobra. Each snake head stood for one of the SLA's revolutionary principles: Umoja, Kujichagulia, Ujima, Ujamaa, Nia, Kuumba and Imani -- the same seven "principles" of Kwanzaa.

Kwanzaa was the result of a '60s psychosis grafted onto the black community. Liberals have become so mesmerized by multicultural nonsense that they have forgotten the real history of Kwanzaa and Karenga's United Slaves -- the violence, the Marxism, the insanity. Most absurdly, for leftists anyway, is that they have forgotten the FBI's tacit encouragement of this murderous black nationalist cult founded by the father of Kwanzaa.

A movement that started approximately 2,000 years before Kwanzaa leaps well beyond merely "unity" and "faith" to proclaim that we are all equal before God. "There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3:28). It was practitioners of that faith who were at the forefront of the abolitionist and civil rights movements. But that's all been washed down the memory hole, along with the true origins of Kwanzaa.

Jimmy K said...

You sadden me. You are obviously a thinking man and more importantly a Christian.
Maybe Kwanzaa has no value to you because you have internalized its principles. I assume by you name that you are African. I will further assume that you are not a descendant of American slaves. I am.

I assume that you know that it is a significant weight that is added to an African American child walk, when they discover what slavery was in America. When they understand the reality and brutality of the centuries of slave trade and the atrocities of the middle passage, it hard to reconcile your identity as an American with the treatment of African Americans in this country.
I believe that practicing Kwanzaa can give a young African American a real sense of who they are. Instead of lamenting our inhuman treatment in this country, we can celebrate our legacy of struggle and overcoming all obstacles.

Karenga is no saint. King James, who commissioned the collation of the bible was a homosexual. Regardless of King James' issues, it can never interfere with my belief in Jesus Christ. Christianity was the dominant religious of those that enslaved us. This still could never lessen my faith in Christ.

In short, Kwanzaa is desperately needed by some people, others like you see no value in it. I applaud you for atleast trying the holiday before dismissing it.

The weight of your words will do damage to a holiday that is struggling for its own existence.
Since you have labeled yourself a conservative, I know that you really don't care about the plight of African Americans because you would like the conserve the status quo.