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The Kwanzaa Hoax
http://www.textbookleague.org/114kwanz.htm ^ | September-October 2000

Posted on 11/23/2005 1:24:45 PM PST by OldArmy94

The Kwanzaa Hoax William J. Bennetta "Anywhere we are, Us is."

That looks like a line from an Amos 'N Andy show. One can easily imagine that it served as the motto of the Mystic Knights of the Sea, and that it was recited by such characters as The Kingfish, Andy Brown and Algonquin J. Calhoun.

In fact, however, the line that I have quoted is the motto of a real organization -- a real organization that was originally named United Slaves but now calls itself The Organization Us (or simply Us or US). It was created some 40 years ago, in Southern California, by a black racist who had begun life as Ron N. Everett but later had assumed the name Maulana Karenga.

Karenga -- known chiefly as the inventor of Kwanzaa, a fake "African" holiday that he contrived in 1966 -- has enjoyed a truly colorful career. He was a prominent black nationalist during the 1960s, when his organization was involved in various violent operations. He was sent to prison in 1971, after he and some of his pals tortured two women with a soldering iron and a vise, among other things. He emerged from prison in 1974, and a few years later -- in a maneuver that even The Kingfish might have found difficult -- he got himself installed as the chairman of the Department of Black Studies at California State University at Long Beach. CSULB wasn't the only American university that got the racial willies during the 1970s and set up a tin-pot black-studies department, but CSULB (as far as I know) was the only one that hired a chairman who was a violent felon.

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1 posted on 11/23/2005 1:24:45 PM PST by OldArmy94
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To: OldArmy94

Mark for later.


2 posted on 11/23/2005 1:25:45 PM PST by Spiff ("They start yelling, 'Murderer!' 'Traitor!' They call me by name." - Gael Murphy, Code Pink leader)
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To: OldArmy94

3 posted on 11/23/2005 1:28:16 PM PST by al baby (Father of the beeber)
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To: Spiff

"He was sent to prison in 1971, after he and some of his pals tortured two women with a soldering iron and a vise, among other things. He emerged from prison in 1974..."

????!!!!!


4 posted on 11/23/2005 1:29:35 PM PST by Firefigher NC (Volunteer firefighters- standing tall, serving proud in the tradition of Ben Franklin.)
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To: OldArmy94

Happy Ramahanakwansmas!

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5 posted on 11/23/2005 1:31:09 PM PST by dawn53
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To: OldArmy94

Ignore it and it will go away.


6 posted on 11/23/2005 1:31:39 PM PST by AbeKrieger (Islam is the virus that causes al-Qaeda.)
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To: OldArmy94
Kwanzaa For Dummies, an old but good expose on the fake holiday called kwanzaa.
7 posted on 11/23/2005 1:32:44 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: OldArmy94
I would like to start a Holiday in honor of th 41st and 43rd presidents of the United States.

I think I will call it Bushwanza.
8 posted on 11/23/2005 1:34:13 PM PST by msnimje (Bob Woodward is the GRINCH who stole Fitzmas............Cindy Lou (sheehan) WHO?)
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To: OldArmy94

BLACKS IN AMERICA have suffered an endless series of insults and degradations, the latest of which goes by the name of Kwanzaa.

Ron Karenga (aka Dr. Maulana Ron Karenga) invented the seven-day feast (Dec. 26-Jan. 1) in 1966, branding it a black alternative to Christmas. The idea was to celebrate the end of what he considered the Christmas-season exploitation of African Americans.

According to the official Kwanzaa Web site -- as opposed, say, to the Hallmark Cards Kwanzaa site -- the celebration was designed to foster "conditions that would enhance the revolutionary social change for the masses of Black Americans" and provide a "reassessment, reclaiming, recommitment, remembrance, retrieval, resumption, resurrection and rejuvenation of those principles (Way of Life) utilized by Black Americans' ancestors."

Karenga postulated seven principles: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith, each of which gets its day during Kwanzaa week. He and his votaries also crafted a flag of black nationalism and a pledge: "We pledge allegiance to the red, black, and green, our flag, the symbol of our eternal struggle, and to the land we must obtain; one nation of black people, with one G-d of us all, totally united in the struggle, for black love, black freedom, and black self-determination."

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 West Africa. Swahili is an East African tongue.

To put that in perspective, the cultural gap between Senegal and Kenya is as dramatic as the chasm that separates, say, London and Tehran. Imagine singing "G-d Save the Queen" in Farsi, and you grasp the enormity of the gaffe.

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 Africa. Mexican Indians developed it, and the crop was carried worldwide by white colonialists.

The fact is, there is no Ur-African culture. The continent remains stubbornly tribal. Hutus and Tutsis still slaughter one another for sport.
Go to Kenya, where I taught briefly as a young man, and you'll see endless hostility between Kikuyu, Luo, Luhya and Masai. Even South African politics these days have more to do with tribal animosities than ideological differences.

Moreover, chaos too often prevails over order. Warlords hold sway in Somalia, Eritrea, Liberia and Zaire. Genocidal maniacs have wiped out millions in Rwanda, Uganda and Ethiopia. The once-shining hopes for Kenya have vanished.

Detroit native Keith Richburg writes in his extraordinary book, "Out of America: A Black Man Confronts Africa," that "this strange place defies even the staunchest of optimists; it drains you of hope ..."
Richburg, who served for three years as the African bureau chief for The Washington Post, offers a challenge for the likes of Karenga: "Talk to me about Africa and my black roots and my kinship with my African brothers and I'll throw it back in your face, and then I'll rub your nose in the images of rotting flesh."

His book concludes: "I have been here, and I have seen -- and frankly, I want no part of it. .... By an accident of birth, I am a black man born in America, and everything I am today -- my culture and my attitudes, my sensibilities, loves and desires -- derives from that one simple and irrefutable fact."

Nobody ever ennobled a people with a lie or restored stolen dignity through fraud. Kwanzaa is the ultimate chump holiday -- Jim Crow with a false and festive wardrobe. It praises practices -- "cooperative economics, and collective work and responsibility" -- that have succeeded nowhere on earth and would mire American blacks in endless backwardness.

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.

This year, President Clinton signed his fourth Kwanzaa proclamation. He crooned: "The symbols and ceremony of Kwanzaa, evoking the rich history and heritage of African Americans, remind us that our nation draws much of its strength from our diversity."

But our strength, as Richburg points out, comes from real principles: tolerance, brotherhood, hard work, personal responsibility, equality before the law. If Americans really cared about racial healing, they would focus on those ideas -- and not on a made-up rite that mistakes segregationism for spirituality and fiction for history.


9 posted on 11/23/2005 1:36:13 PM PST by Mikey_1962
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To: AbeKrieger

Unfortunately the ACLU and the rest of the politically correct establishment won't let that happen.


10 posted on 11/23/2005 1:36:59 PM PST by traderrob6
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To: OldArmy94
They should just celebrate the Flying Spaghetti Monster. It makes much more sense than taking up a felon's holiday.


11 posted on 11/23/2005 1:38:34 PM PST by teenyelliott (Soylent green should be made outta liberals...)
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To: OldArmy94
"Anywhere we are, Us is."

Wherever you go, there you are.

12 posted on 11/23/2005 1:41:27 PM PST by JennysCool (Non-Y2K-Compliant)
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To: OldArmy94
in a maneuver that even The Kingfish might have found difficult -- he got himself installed as the chairman of the Department of Black Studies at California State University at Long Beach.

Probably not so difficult.

13 posted on 11/23/2005 1:46:46 PM PST by bkepley
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To: OldArmy94
Ron Karenga (aka Dr. Maulana Ron Karenga) invented the seven-day feast ... the celebration was designed to foster "conditions that would enhance the revolutionary social change for the masses of Black Americans" and provide a "reassessment, reclaiming, recommitment, remembrance, retrieval, resumption, resurrection and rejuvenation of those principles (Way of Life)

What can you do? The man obviously new how to party down.

14 posted on 11/23/2005 1:51:35 PM PST by bkepley
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To: JennysCool

"No matter where you go ... there you are."
-- Buckaroo Banzai

15 posted on 11/23/2005 1:52:07 PM PST by robertpaulsen
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To: msnimje

LOL!!!!!


16 posted on 11/23/2005 1:53:48 PM PST by rlmorel ("Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does." Whittaker Chambers)
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To: JennysCool

Thanks for the translation, I'm not fluent in ebonics. fo'zizzle!


17 posted on 11/23/2005 1:54:46 PM PST by bird4four4
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To: bkepley
in a maneuver that even The Kingfish might have found difficult -- he got himself installed as the chairman of the Department of Black Studies at California State University at Long Beach

A black Ward Churchill, of sorts

18 posted on 11/23/2005 1:55:08 PM PST by hillary's_fat_a**
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To: Mikey_1962
Detroit native Keith Richburg writes in his extraordinary book, "Out of America: A Black Man Confronts Africa," that "this strange place defies even the staunchest of optimists; it drains you of hope ..." Richburg, who served for three years as the African bureau chief for The Washington Post, offers a challenge for the likes of Karenga: "Talk to me about Africa and my black roots and my kinship with my African brothers and I'll throw it back in your face, and then I'll rub your nose in the images of rotting flesh."

Reminds me of that classic Richard Pryor comedy skit based on the Roots story, in which he pretends to be an African-American who goes back to Africa in search of his roots. He flies to a major airport . . . then gets a ride to a remote village on a river . . . then takes a boat ride up the river to an even more remote village . . . then hikes through the jungle to an even more remote village . . . and finds an old, wise tribal leader in a hut . . . and then he pays his respects to the tribal leader and sits before him on the floor of the hut.

"I'm here to find my roots, O wise one!" he says.

The old wise man closes his eyes and thinks deep thoughts, then goes through piles of ancient texts that tell the long, storied history of the noble tribe. Finally, the old man's eyes light up . . . "I found something, my son!" he says excitedly.

The visitor sits wide-eyed before him, savoring this moment he has been waiting for his entire life . . . "You found out about my roots?" he asks.

"Yes, I have . . . You're from Cleveland, n%##er!!"

19 posted on 11/23/2005 1:58:04 PM PST by Alberta's Child (What it all boils down to is that no one's really got it figured out just yet.)
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To: robertpaulsen
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I concur
20 posted on 11/23/2005 1:58:35 PM PST by cripplecreek (Never a minigun handy when you need one.)
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To: OldArmy94

21 posted on 11/23/2005 2:06:58 PM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: beaversmom

ping


22 posted on 11/23/2005 2:10:31 PM PST by onef
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To: OldArmy94
WHITE CHRISTMAS

I’m dreaming of a white Kwanzaa
But I guess that is not PC
Kwanzaa is such baloney…it's made up and phony
Karenga laughs at you and me

I’m dreaming of a white Kwanzaa
For pagan whites, oh what a coup
I could make up the rules, you see
And then you could start celebrating me

I’m dreaming of a white Kwaanzaa
Are racist thoughts deep in my head?
But it could get messy…protesting Jesse
Might say that I would be better dead

I’m dreaming of a white Kwanzaa
Would Maxine Waters go insane?
She’d be on the television…what's new?
She’d be screaming “I’ll get DFU”

23 posted on 11/23/2005 2:15:57 PM PST by doug from upland (The troops will come home when the mission is complete)
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To: JennysCool

You got that right, Buckaroo.


24 posted on 11/23/2005 2:17:31 PM PST by doodad
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To: onef
I love Kwanzaa threads. They are an annual holiday treat.

What else can you say about an African holiday that virtually noone in Africa celebrates because Africa has a wide variety of cultures--and there is no "African" winter solstice holiday.

Meanwhile the whites in the mass media think it is the ultimate diversity holiday. If I were an American black I would be very angry about this.
25 posted on 11/23/2005 2:20:02 PM PST by cgbg (MSM and Democratic treason--fifty years and counting...)
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To: OldArmy94

later Happy Holidays pingout.


26 posted on 11/23/2005 2:27:21 PM PST by little jeremiah
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To: Firefigher NC

I heard before it was a curling iron.


27 posted on 11/23/2005 2:28:18 PM PST by little jeremiah
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To: OldArmy94
Every year on FR we're reminded of the easily demonstrable fact that Kwanzaa is a complete sham with no roots whatsoever in actual African history.

But here's what we don't hear enough about. Black Americans don't observe Kwanzaa. Oh, maybe a few academics and some other folks posing for the camera pretend to celebrate Karenga's silly, made-up rituals, but actual flesh-and-blood African-American families know less about Kwanzaa than the typical Freeper who's read about it on this forum over the years, and do nothing to participate in it.

Kwanzaa is wholly the child of the left and its guilt-ridden sycophants in the lily white liberal media. Blacks themselves pay no attention to it.

28 posted on 11/23/2005 2:28:54 PM PST by beckett (Amor Fati)
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To: OldArmy94

bttt


29 posted on 11/23/2005 2:35:58 PM PST by Artemis Webb
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To: OldArmy94

FESTIVUS for the Rest of US

-Seinfeld


30 posted on 11/23/2005 2:39:45 PM PST by scandalon
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To: OldArmy94

Where been the buses? Where be all the gumint buses at?!


31 posted on 11/23/2005 2:43:20 PM PST by emiller
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To: teenyelliott

Festivus is the best holiday.


32 posted on 11/23/2005 2:45:10 PM PST by brooklin
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To: OldArmy94

Ron N. Everett had as much right to start Kwanza as L. Ron Hubbard had to start Scientology.

If people are stupid enough to fall for their scams then what right has anyone else got to complain.

IMO these people are Con Artists just like the guy who puts burnt oil on your driveway and calls it sealer. However because its a religion of sorts the Govt. allows it.


34 posted on 11/23/2005 2:59:20 PM PST by sgtbono2002 (The Dems are willing to throw the game in Iraq, just to embarrass President Bush)
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To: CPaleocon
What a waste of internet space.

How so?


35 posted on 11/23/2005 3:01:23 PM PST by JoJo Gunn (Help control the Leftist population. Have them spayed or neutered. )
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To: msnimje

We even lost when we tried to keep our holiday for General Washington.


36 posted on 11/23/2005 3:01:39 PM PST by Pharmboy (The stone age didn't end because they ran out of stones.)
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To: OldArmy94

Personally I'll be celebrating Festivus this year. A Festivus for the rest of us! /Sienfeld


37 posted on 11/23/2005 3:04:09 PM PST by BlueYonder
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To: BenLurkin
Happy Festivus for the rest of us!




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38 posted on 11/23/2005 3:09:28 PM PST by rawcatslyentist ("Why waste time learning, when ignorance is instantaneous"---Hobbes the Tiger)
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To: OldArmy94
Thanks for posting.

Bump for further reading later.

39 posted on 11/23/2005 3:12:41 PM PST by Pablo64 ("Everything I say is fully substantiated by my own opinion.")
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To: OldArmy94
"Is you is or is you ain't celbratin' Kwanzaa?"
40 posted on 11/23/2005 3:22:46 PM PST by manwiththehands (Happy Thanksgiving to our heroes in Iraq. God bless you and Godspeed. Come home safe.)
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To: OldArmy94
Statement: "The Kwanzaa Hoax"

Response. No not a hoax, simply expected silliness.

41 posted on 11/23/2005 3:29:04 PM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Mikey_1962

Blacks, in America, are among the strongest of Christians, so why would devout Christians want to celebrate anything by the Birth of Christ aka Christmas -- this or any holiday season? Granted there is a certain number who have become Muslim, but they would celebrate the Muslim holidays, not a phony holiday.


42 posted on 11/23/2005 3:32:00 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: traderrob6

Wait just a dog gone moment. Go back and re-read your comment... to me that signals defeatism and that we've given up... I prefer to think we've just begun to fight and we will defeat the ACLU and their ilk.


43 posted on 11/23/2005 3:33:23 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: beckett

I've seen it celebrated in LA CA.

I didn't know what the hell was going on.

Typically celebrated by the "Black Power" type crowd - the black racists. Especially the middle class types, enjoying the benefits of quotas etc.


44 posted on 11/23/2005 3:38:36 PM PST by Mr. Rational (God gave me a brain and expects me to use it)
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To: cgbg
One of my recent favorite essays on the "holiday" pointed out two items I hadn't seen before. First, no culture in the world celebrates "harvest" at this time of year. It is the solstice, for heaven's sake. Second is the "custom" of giving each child and ear of corn, symbolic of something or another. Trouble is, there was no corn in Africa. Corn came from the New World. But, Hallmark makes a buck or two, so, it will live forever I guess.
45 posted on 11/23/2005 3:42:59 PM PST by TN4Liberty (American... conservative... southern.... It doesn't get any better than this.)
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To: sgtbono2002
Scientology at least serves a socially useful purpose--it separates fools from their money. ;-)
46 posted on 11/23/2005 3:49:29 PM PST by cgbg (MSM and Democratic treason--fifty years and counting...)
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To: beckett

"Black Americans don't observe Kwanzaa."

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While working in Harlem through the 90's, I found the large red ribbons (supposedly a Kwanzaa decoration) quite prevelent on residences.


47 posted on 11/23/2005 4:06:49 PM PST by Roccus
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To: Roccus

prevelent = prevalent


48 posted on 11/23/2005 4:09:33 PM PST by Roccus
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To: OldArmy94
I see Kwanzaa as being useful.

It keeps the kooks out of my holiday!

49 posted on 11/23/2005 4:10:55 PM PST by The Duke
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To: CPaleocon
CPaleocon
Since Nov 18, 2005
What a waste of internet space.

Perhaps like that between your ears?
50 posted on 11/23/2005 4:11:39 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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