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Posted on 12/18/2011 1:48:26 PM PST by DogByte6RER
Kwanzaa Is Wack: There, I Said It
Kwanzaa is wack. The other day I said this on my Facebook page. Actually, what I said was: Is it wrong of me to say that I love AFRICA, but I think Kwanzaa is wack? #ducksfromthebricks .
Now, when I said it, I meant it but gave no thought to how it might affect people. Im kind of bad like that. A ton of people (some Black and some not) got on and said they thought Kwanzaa was wack to. I never thought about it again really. Just a funny little thread.
Then someone got real upset. I felt bad about that, truly. But the reality is that Kwanzaa was created by an FBI informant named Dr. Maulana Karenga. Straight up! Thats an actual fact. Beyond that, stuff like corn, that is used in a lot of the rituals is not even native to Africa. A friend of mine noted its truly corny.
Now hold on. I did participate in a few Kwanzaa events back when 89 was the number. I always tried to do observe it. But once I did the history on its founder and some of the deeper elements of its hollow cultural base, it was hard to continue on. For those who do, I promise Im not mad at you. Not that you would care. But you cant get your kente cloth all in a bunch because Im not feeling it.
Look, I love Africa and what it means to be Black. I love almost everything African (aside from the tribal fighting and the needless murder and rape of women across the continent). But Kwanzaa is not African. I never knew an African (from any part of the continent) who was like Yo Adisa, bro you wanna slide thought to the Kwanzaa fest playa? It has never happened! They dont get down like that.
Kwanzaa is like a bad weave. People might kinda like it, but we all know it aint real. Now, I live on the West coast, in the Bay Area. The only people I see really on some Kwanzaa ish are the hardcore revolutionary types you might find at the Berkeley flea market selling incense and shea butter soap (which they might consider using on themselves).
I guess what Im saying is, I was raised on the works of Dr. John Henrik Clarke, Dr. Ivan VanSertima and Runoko Rashidi. I studied a lot about ancient Kemet, The Moorish Empire, Benin, Timbuktu etc. I love reading about African culture and history any time I can. Thats why I dont need Kwanzaa. I have knowledge of self and kind.
It appears as though the only other people who might celebrate it are East coast college types who still work on a University campus. But Im not even sure thats accurate.
Dr. Maulana Karenga was an informant who hated on Geronimo Pratt and caused a lot of damage to the African American community. How do we know he didnt found Kwanzaa in 1966 as a social experiment on Black people for the FBI? How could such a knowledgeable man just forget that corn is not from his homeland?
Beyond that, is it possible to love Africa and not celebrate Kwanzaa? I know Jews that do not celebrate Chanukah. I know Muslims that dont celebrate every Ramadan or Eid (some for health reasons, others because they came from places so poor, fasting was a daily occasion). I know Christians that do not celebrate Christmas (because they read Jeremiah 10: 1-25 in the Holy Bible). They still consider themselves lovers of their individual paths though. Can I love my Blackness and still think Kwanzaa is rich in wackness? Is there anything else we can do outside of Kwanzaa to stay more authentically connected to the Motherland? What do you think?
just wanted to point out that Karenga was one of the targets of the COINTELPRO program; not saying that makes Kwanzaa cool (it doesn’t) and not saying it means he’s innocent (it doesn’t), but it does mean you got to approach the normally trusted source of information (like newspapers) with a little more distrust than usual...
...in that excerpt they say that he was exhibiting the signs of a paranoid schizophrenic, but it’s like that corny joke, “he’s not paranoid, they really were out to get him.”
i’m no conspiracy nut; this program has been an acknowledged and confirmed part of the FBI’s history; check out the wikipedia page if you’re interested; just one of the “what the hell were we thinking?” things.
but it definitely makes you wonder about what all went down around this time.
lol, Whitey? um, you do realize white people are allowed on here too, right?
Nyahh! Nyahh! I’m half yaller so there!
Though being an Asian half-breed wouldn’t score me any points on the minorit-o-meter.