Let’s tell the truth about Kwanzaa, shall we?
Today’s Barbados Advocate has an article on page 5 called “Kwanzaa celebrations begin with Unity”
Elder Thelma Gill-Barnett was interviewed and stated “Kwanzaa is not political, not religious and not related to Christmas. Some people feel it’s going against Christmas, but Kwanzaa is not about Christmas and it’s not against Christmas. I would say that Kwanzaa is for Christmas without the political and economic side of things.”
Not political? Hmmmm…. maybe Elder Thelma should get in touch with the inventor of Kwanzaa at the Kwanzaa Information Center. Here’s some of what we learned…
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.”
“Independent African Nation on the North American Continent” sounds political to me… and racist too!
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. Interesting considering that Karenga was the recipient of FBI stoolie money himself!
“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.