Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Goodbye Kwanzaa

Jenice Armstrong at the Daily News asks the burning question of the day: Why are fewer African Americans observing Kwanzaa?

Maybe it has something to do with the fact that Kwanzaa was always a baloney holiday invented by a black separatist thug and convicted torturer of women.

Armstrong refers to Kwanzaa creator Ron Karenga as a former college professor but it isn't until far down in the story she tosses in his conviction for "torture" in 1971. My friend Paul Mulshine played that part of the story much higher in a 2002 piece for Front Page Magazine:
The inventor of the holiday was one of the few black "leaders" in America even worse than Sharpton. But there was no mention in the Times article of this man or of the fact that at that very moment he was sitting in a California prison. And there was no mention of the curious fact that this purported benefactor of the black people had founded an organization that in its short history tortured and murdered blacks in ways of which the Ku Klux Klan could only fantasize.

It was in newspaper articles like that, repeated in papers all over the country, that the tradition of Kwanzaa began. It is a tradition not out of Africa but out of Orwell. Both history and language have been bent to serve a political goal. When that New York Times article appeared, Ron Karenga's crimes were still recent events. If the reporter had bothered to do any research into the background of the Kwanzaa founder, he might have learned about Karenga's trial earlier that year on charges of torturing two women who were members of US (United Slaves), a black nationalist cult he had founded.
After mentioning Karenga's conviction, Armstrong quotes a father of two girls.
"Your mind tells you that something great can come from someone of a poor background, but at the same time I look at it as 'what's up?' " said Childress. "It's not like these are African traditions that we kept up through slavery. It would be different it if were a tradition we'd been practicing all the way through. Most blacks are Christians and sometimes it feels like Kwanzaa is trying to take away from Christmas."
Well, of course, it was. But not only that, it was part of a black militant and separatist movement for losers.
One Kwanzaa advocate Blair S. Walker told Armstrong that he made a point of celebrating Kwanzaa when his daughters were younger but he's "given up."
"If you ask them to tell you the principles, you'd get the 1,000-yard stare," Walker said. "We are living in an 'American Idol'-type of era. People can't even name the secretary of state, so you know they don't know anything about Kwanzaa."
It wasn't America Idol or ignorance that killed Kwanzaa. It was hatred and ignorance that gave birth to it in the first place.

If this sham of a holiday is going into the ash heap of history, it's not because kids today refuse to learn their lessons. It's because they've decided, one way or another, not to be played for suckers.

UPDATE: Maybe this will help:


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