Looking Closer at Kwanzaa

December 26, 2016
Posted in Opinion
December 26, 2016 Tim Preuss

Looking Closer at Kwanzaa

Now that Christmas is over, we can all begin to focus on the holiday that people celebrate in Africa – Kwanzaa. Oops. Never mind. Your teachers probably forgot to tell you, but Kwanzaa is a completely made-up bullshit holiday, celebrated only here in the United States, with no religious background, and having its roots in black supremacy.

Ron Karenga came up with the idea for seven days of feasting in 1966, as a way to celebrate the end of the exploitation of blacks that somehow goes along with Christmas. You see, Christmas is a white holiday, Christianity is for white people, and once those damn evil whites are done with their holiday, blacks can finally celebrate.

Each of the seven days is labeled with a different virtue.

Day 1. Umoja means unity.
Day 2. Kujichagulia means self-determination.
Day 3. Ujima means working together.
Day 4. Ujamaa means supporting each other.
Day 5. Nia means purpose.
Day 6. Kuumba means creativity.
Day 7. Imani means faith, especially faith in ourselves.

Ironically, Karenga didn’t do much research on the culture of the Africans who were brought to America as slaves. The words he uses are all based on Swahili, but Swahili is a language of people living in east Africa. The slaves were from west Africa. Swahili is not the language of blacks who were brought here as slaves. Fail.

Kwanzaa also has seven symbols that go along with it, the first being corn. You know… like corn on the cob. Supposedly “symbolic of African harvest celebrations and of the rewards of productive and collective labor”, corn is not native to Africa. Africans don’t eat corn unless it is brought to them by *cough* white people. Fail, again.

But enough about Kwanzaa. Let’s dig into Karenga himself. While studying at UCLA, he changed his name to Maulana Karenga, because “Ronald McKinley Everett”, was too “white”. Both words are Swahili. Maulana means “master teacher” (quite the ego) and Karenga means “keeper of tradition”.

He went on to found the United Slave Organization, or “Organization US”, in 1965, a black nationalist group that competed with the Black Panthers. The group was heavily influenced by Malcolm X. Karenga himself has said,

“Malcolm was the major African American thinker that influenced me in terms of nationalism and Pan-Africanism. As you know, towards the end, when Malcolm is expanding his concept of Islam, and of nationalism, he stresses Pan-Africanism in a particular way. And he argues that, and this is where we have the whole idea that cultural revolution and the need for revolution, he argues that we need a cultural revolution, he argues that we must return to Africa culturally and spiritually, even if we can’t go physically. And so that’s a tremendous impact on US.”

Whether it is Karenga, Organization US, Malcolm X, or Kwanzaa, the point is that these ideas are not about unity. They are Marxist in origin and attempt to put people into groups – this holiday for whites, this one for blacks. Throw in the fact that the language and symbolism surrounding Kwanzaa are inauthentic, and we see that Kwanzaa isn’t even a black holiday.

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Tim Preuss

Tim Preuss is the founder and CEO of Preuss Media LLC. Along with writing for PreussPodcast.com, he hosts the Tim Preuss Podcast Monday through Friday, available on iTunes, and regularly interviews prominent personalities within the liberty community.
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