Bajan Reporter Talks About Drunken Santas, Barbados Asthma Crisis and Kwanzaa

I don’t know where Ian Bourne gets the energy and time to be such a prolific writer. He works by himself and sometimes publishes three or four articles in a day while four of us at BFP often struggle to produce our promised one article a day. I guess that is the difference between a seasoned media professional like Ian and a bunch of normal drunks thrown together like the “staff” at Barbados Free Press.

Ian has a few new offerings posted and even when we don’t agree with him on certain subjects (or like today when he is criticising BFP) we always enjoy his style. Here’s what’s new…

ian-bourne-bajan-santa-has-asthmaDrunken Santa – Is It Bourne Or Not?

Santa Ian weighs in on what it is like to be sweating in a costume made for a chilly New York Christmas while the little brats offer more abuse than one man can take. Then he calls one of Robert’s BFP articles “drivel” (OUCH!). Check it out … (Bad Santa? Bad Children? Bad Parents? Who is the true victim at Christmas?)

What Is Causing The Asthma Crisis In Barbados?

In this piece, Ian reports on a recent BBC television programme that revealed some disturbing information about life and death on Bim. We have a huge problem with asthma – much bigger than many other countries. Something is wrong in Barbados and no one can figure it out. Check it out… (BBC claim Barbados’ new type of lifestyle is clue to rising cases of asthma)

Kwanzaa – The Holiday Created By A Criminal Who Kidnapped & Tortured Women

Ian is getting into the festive season with his Santa piece above and by publicising a “pre-Kwanzaa” party planned in the Virgin Islands. Lot’s of good will flowing at this time of year and that’s great.

Don’t forget… the first principle of Kwanzaa is Umoja – unity of race for blacks. As it says at the official Kwanzaa Information Center: “red, or the blood, stands as the top of all things. We lost our land through blood; and we cannot gain it except through blood. We must redeem our lives through the blood. Without the shedding of blood there can be no redemption of this race.” The Kwanzaa Information Center also notes that the flag “has become the symbol of devotion for African people in America to establish an independent African nation on the North American Continent.”

karenga-kwanzaaKwanzaa’s Inventor

Kwanzaa was invented in 1966 by Ronald McKinley Everett who changed his name a few times and finally settled on Maulana Karenga. Karenga was the founder of the murderous United Slaves movement in the 1960’s and was funded at the time by the American Federal Bureau of Investigation – the FBI – in a warped scheme where the FBI decided the best way to fight the black power movement was to fund different factions to keep them from uniting.

“I’m trying to understand which of the seven principles of Kwanzaa was represented by founder Karenga putting a running hose and detergent into the mouths of kidnapping and torture victims…”

After inventing the racist celebration of Kwanzaa in 1966, in 1971 Karenga and two other associates were convicted of kidnapping two black women and torturing them in an effort to learn if they were working for anyone else.

“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 Ms. Davis’s mouth and placed against Ms. Davis’s face and that one of her own big toes was tightened in a vise. Karenga also put detergent and running hoses in their mouths…”

I’m trying to understand which of the seven principles of Kwanzaa was represented by founder Karenga putting a running hose and detergent into the mouths of kidnapping and torture victims…

At first I thought is was Kujichagulia (Self-Determination) “To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.”

… but then I thought it would be pretty hard to speak with the hose and detergent in the mouth, so I thought the principle represented might be…

Kuumba (Creativity) “To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.”

After all… clean is beautiful, you know!

But then I found the answer right in front of me. Of course! Karenga had two other black brothers helping him torture the women, so the principle was…

Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility) “To build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and to solve them together.”

That’s the principle being illustrated by working together to torture the women!

Happy Kwanzaa to you too, Ian!


Filed under Africa, Barbados, Culture & Race Issues, FBI, Health, History

7 responses to “Bajan Reporter Talks About Drunken Santas, Barbados Asthma Crisis and Kwanzaa

  1. LMAO 😉 No – I am not the drunken Santa, that is further on in the item, but I dared to disagree right?

    I know that Kwansaa is artificial, but I did not know about all the other FBI stuff, BTW – Bush still has not come out against water-boarding, pity the Iraqi’s shoes missed eh? Two chances as well, probably couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn!

    At least Kwansaa shows how out of evil cometh good?


    BFP says,

    Hey Ian!

    But the Bush crowd haven’t given up yet! There is a problem (so they say) with where Obama was born! They want to toss aside the will of the electorate. As always life remains interesting and exciting for those who care.

    All the best,




    Waht do you think, Marcus? Should Shona and I ready another cartoon with Ian waving the Union Jack? Don’t mess with us Ian! We can do it!!!!! 🙂

  2. Merry Christmas, see above, folks!

  3. Rohan

    BFP wrote:
    Kwanzaa – The Holiday Created By A Criminal Who Kidnapped & Tortured Women

    but didn’t write:

    Christmas- The Holiday rooted in Pagan sun worship (winter solstice). This was a period of virgin sacrifice, drunkeness, gambling, and of course, good ole sex orgies.

    Come on Kwanzaa, you have some work left to catch up with Christmas…haha

    A little bit of history:

    When the Romans conquered Greece, they superimposed their own religion onto the religion of the vanquished, so that Greek and Roman gods became virtually interchangeable. Later still, when Christianity became the official religion of Rome, Constantine made it more palatable to the peasants by superimposing Christian saints onto the existing pagan deities and adapting Christian beliefs to pagan customs. Most notably, the winter solstice celebration of the rebirth of the Sun became Christ’s Mass, or the birth of the Son. This method of gradual assumption of new names for old beliefs is much less traumatic and indeed might hardly have been noticed by the average peasant. Constantine could rename the winter celebration and create new symbols to associate it with the virgin birth of Christ, but in most cases the citizenry simply continued their former frolics “under new management.”

  4. The first principle of Kwanza—Human Unity
    All the love we manifest out of a struggle with joy that makes us whole. Out of many we are one.

    Happy Xmas Happy KWANZA!


    BFP says,…. You made up the part about “human unity”. Visit the originator’s website and examine the goals etc. #1 is about BLACK unity and nothing else. That from the man who invented the concept of Kwanzaa.

  5. Beefcake

    Isn’t December 25 when the baby Santa was born?

  6. Beefcake, strange 4 ur comment, very appropriate … I have been a Dept Store Santa for 4 yrs, Bds kids do NOT know you write 2 Santa; nor that he lives in North Pole – even worse, when you ask why there is a Xmas then all they do is give you a blank stare… I’d say the rot is well ingrained and hope 4 the best?

  7. james tucker

    ian u such a naughty little boy…no more xmas cookies for you…the things you say may be true abt the inventor of kwanzaa..but inventions are what popular culture, especially european culture is all abt, right…what is authentic abt european rituals and holidays and or religion..all of them were created by thugs an lying sobs, most being raciest as you well know..yet we are all guilty of celebrating and keeping these traditions alive without question?…when will the insanity stop?..the inventor of kwanzaa may be suspect, but the principles at their core meaning are a sound strategy for building a beautiful society!….redemption is a funny thing..we all of capable of it, even you…the demons that the inventor of kwanzaa may or may not carry with him are his and his alone..many more persons carry much heavier burdens…he will get his just rewards when the time comes…peace