The Foliday of Kwanzaa
While the principles sound commendable, the true principle behind Kwanzaa is based on race. "People think it's African, but it's not," he said about his holiday in an interview quoted in the Washington Post. "I came up with Kwanzaa because 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 would be partying." attributed to Washington Post, 1978 ("Bloods" was California slang for black people.)
Just five years after his invention, he was convicted of torturing two black women by stripping them naked, beating them with a baton and electrical cords, placing a hot iron into the mouth of one, and mangling the toe of the other in a vice. He also forced them to drink detergent and had running hoses put in their mouths.
But all of that was forgotten by 1975 as he was proclaimed Saint Karenga and got himself installed as the chairman of the Department of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach.
Just about the time Maulana Karenga (formerly Ron N. Everett) was making up a new holiday in the 1960's, he was also inventing a new political movement (black cultural nationalism) on the campus of UCLA. His group was called United Slaves (Us/US). Its competition with the Black Panthers at UCLA resulted in two of his followers shooting dead two members of the Panthers in 1969.
"Anywhere we are, Us is" is the motto of the United Slaves. It maintains the Official Kwanzaa Web site which claims that Africa's first harvest celebrations were recorded in ancient Egypt and Nubia. There is no identification of the crops they harvested or why they would hold a harvest festival in the winter. Kwanzaa's celebration uses two ears of maize but maize is a New World plant, and it wasn't known at all in ancient Africa.
For Kwanzaa, ears of maize are called "muhindi," which is Swahili. All the objects of Kwanzaa have names taken from Swahili because, claims the website, it is "a Pan-African language" and "the most widely spoken African language" (Official Kwanzaa Website). But Swahili is a Bantu tongue with many words from Arabic, Persian, and some Indian languages. It is spoken by relatively few Africans--about 7% of the population--mostly in eastern Africa--Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and a strip of Zaire. The language which is used most widely in Africa is not Swahili, but Arabic. It is also curious that since most ancestors of black Americans were from West Africa that Swahili, spoken by countries much further away, would be the chosen language.
The seven harmless-sounding principles of Kwanzaa are mumbo jumbo socialism and encouragement for worshipping false gods. They are designed to make Kwanzaa look like something out of Africa instead of something from Los Angeles County: notumoja (unity), kujichagulia (self-determination), ujima (collective work and responsibility), ujamaa (cooperative economics), nia (purpose), kuumba (creativity), and imani (faith). They serve to spiritually separate blacks from America with a false sense of culture and identity.
Ears of maize and other Kwanzaa equipment can be purchased from the University of Sankore Press, a company in Los Angeles. Research shows that the University of Sankore was an aggregation of Islamic schools at Timbuktu in the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries. No University of Sankore exists today.
Christians worship Christ as intercessor between us and God while Karenga claims Christianity is a myth.
Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson has called Kwanzaa a racist, pagan, Marxist holiday and has said that Kwanzaa founder Maulana (Ron) Karenga "want[s] to get rid of God." Peterson also explains that the United States has no need for Kwanzaa because as a nation we already believe in Christ. Hannity&Colmes
Peterson's comments ring true because Karenga and his followers like most pagans seem to worship by ceremony something in creation; i.e., their African ancestors as spiritual intercessors between humans and God. They do not believe in the God of the Bible. Kwanzaa is a holiday timed to be celebrated with Christmas and manufactured so that blacks can celebrate themselves, not the birth of Christ.
Taking Kwanzaa seriously is all part of the spirit of multiculturalism.
Christ became a man to save men, not to lift up one race or culture in worship.
Over the years, Karenga has altered his original claims to attract more black Christians by saying that Kwanzaa is a time of giving “reverence to the Creator.” Since he is not reverent to, and is actually hostile toward God, it is unclear as to just what creator he refers to.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines.
"The Foliday of Kwanzaa" taken from page 334 of "Godly Minds, Bold Hearts."