IT’S FROM A PARENT WHO IS PROTESTING THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FACULTY FOR “FORCING” THEIR CHILDREN TO SING A SONG ABOUT A HOLIDAY THAT DOESN’T OR SHOULDN’T EXIST. THAT HAD ME A HEATED BUT YOU CAN DECIDE FOR YOURSELF WHAT YOU THINK.
HERE IS AN EXCERPT FROM THE TEXT...(LINK TO ORIGINAL ARTICLE FOLLOWS)
(In looking for an image for this piece, I came upon this Kwanzaa demotivational poster, Yep, that apparently sums it up. )
A couple of days ago, my wife and I went to see our second grader in his school’s “Holiday Performance.” It was adorable and delightful. Christmas songs, Hanukkah songs, fun holiday readings . . . and then it came. Two songs from the end, we were greeted with “Kwanzaa’s Here,” sung to to the tune of “Three Blind Mice.” It was mercifully short, but that did nothing to mitigate the unfortunate nature of the choice. Unfortunate, simply because ...
Kwanzaa was made up out of whole cloth in 1966 by a paranoid, psychotic, black nationalist and marxist criminal named Maulana Karenga (a.k.a. Ronald McKinley Everett).
Karenga was a torturer of women:
In 1971, Karenga “was sentenced to one to ten years in prison on counts of felonious assault and false imprisonment”. One of the victims gave testimony of how Karenga and other men tortured her and another woman. The woman claimed to have been stripped and beaten with an electrical cord. Karenga’s former wife, Brenda Lorraine Karenga, testified that he sat on the other woman’s stomach while another man forced water into her mouth through a hose.
“Deborah Jones, who once was given the Swahili title of an African queen, said she and Gail Davis were whipped with an electrical cord and beaten with a karate baton after being ordered to remove their clothes. She testified that a hot soldering iron was placed in Miss Davis’ mouth and placed against Miss Davis’ face and that one of her own big toes was tightened in a vise. Karenga, head of US, also put detergent and running hoses in their mouths, she said. They also were hit on the heads with toasters.”
Making matters worse for Kwanzaa, Karenga offered the following as reason for people to celebrate the holiday:
Karenga said that it was meant to be an alternative to Christmas, that Jesus was psychotic, and that Christianity was a white religion which black people should shun.
Now, one might argue that we cannot hold the holiday responsible for the sins of its creator. The problem with that line of thinking, however, is that Kwanzaa itself is an absurd excuse for a holiday in the first place:
Heck even Karenga admitted it was a fraud
“I created Kwanzaa,” laughed Ron Karenga like a teenager who’s just divulged a deeply held, precious secret. “People think it’s African. But it’s not. I wanted to give black people a holiday of their own. So I came up with Kwanzaa. I said it was African because you know black people in this country wouldn’t celebrate it if they knew it was American. Also, I put it around Christmas because I knew that’s when a lot of bloods (blacks) would be partying!”
The late Tony Snow laid out what was so wrong about the holiday 33 years after it was founded:
Now, the point: There is no part of Kwanzaa that is not fraudulent. Begin with the name. The celebration comes from the Swahili term “matunda yakwanza,” or “first fruit,” and the festival’s trappings have Swahili names — such as “ujima” for “collective work and responsibility” or “muhindi,” which are ears of corn celebrants set aside for each child in a family.
Unfortunately, Swahili has little relevance for American blacks. Most slaves were ripped from the shores of
To put that in perspective, the cultural gap between
Worse, Kwanzaa ceremonies have no discernible African roots. No culture on earth celebrates a harvesting ritual in December, for instance, and the implicit pledges about human dignity don’t necessarily jibe with such still-common practices as female circumcision and polygamy. The inventors of Kwanzaa weren’t promoting a return to roots; they were shilling for Marxism. They even appropriated the term “ujima,” which Julius Nyrere cited when he uprooted tens of thousands of Tanzanians and shipped them forcibly to collective farms, where they proved more adept at cultivating misery than banishing hunger.
Even the rituals using corn don’t fit. Corn isn’t indigenous to
The fact is, there is no Ur-African culture. The continent remains stubbornly tribal. Hutus and Tutsis still slaughter one another for sport.
Moreover, chaos too often prevails over order. Warlords hold sway in
…Our treatment of Kwanzaa provides a revealing sign of how far we have yet to travel on the road to reconciliation. The white establishment has thrown in with it, not just to cash in on the business, but to patronize black activists and shut them up.
Okay, so it’s a fraud, a fabrication, and it suffers from a complete lack of African-ness or any sense of authenticity. Even with all that, some might argue, it’s still important because it’s important to black Americans. But is it?
Between half and two million people celebrate Kwanzaa in the
Even if we go with the most generous estimates, Kwanzaa is celebrated by a tiny fraction of black Americans, and a vanishingly small percent of the overall population. In that light, and given Kwanzaa’s disturbing paternity and laughable makeup, isn’t the holiday’s embrace by white administrators and schoolteachers more of an act of condescension and paternalism than respect?
When brings us back to the Kwanzaa song our son was made to sing.
Do we go to the school and ask, Why is our child being made to sing a song about an inauthentic “holiday” made up out of thin air by a neo-fascist torturer of women who hated whites and believed that Jesus was a psychotic?
Or do we just leave it alone?
I'M BOTHERED BY THIS FOR SEVERAL REASONS AND MUCH OF THIS IS BECAUSE I HAD NO STRONG BASE OF KNOWLEDGE TO DISPUTE OR SUPPORT THIS AUTHOR'S CLAIMS. BUT PRAISE GOD FOR WISDOM TO RESEARCH AND ASK QUESTIONS. I FOUND THAT DR. KARENGA WAS CHARGED BUT NOT CONVICTED. THAT HE HOLDS MULTIPLE DOCTORATE DEGREES...IS AN ACCOMPLISHED SCHOLAR...ETC. BUT GOD'S WORD SAYS, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given." James 1:5 KJV