Frontpage Magazine has provided an article about the Kwanzaa celebration and its curious history, which is disturbing.
When once asked why he designed Kwanzaa to take place around Christmas, Karenga explained, “People think it’s African, but it’s not. I came up with Kwanzaa because black people 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.”
Even among the some of the Deaf black community they celebrate Kwanzaa. They have every right to celebrate their cultural recognition. However, seeing how Kwanzaa represents can only cause me to question it further. I still remain open but reserve the right to see things differently, and rightly so.
However, Kwanzaa celebration consists of seven "principles." They are Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination – code for "buy black"), Ujima (collective work and responsibility – groupthink), Ujamaa (cooperative economics – socialism), Nia (purpose) Kuumba (creativity), and Imani (faith – in man, not God).
To provide a symbol of his seven "principles," Karenga used the menorah from Judaism with Kwanzaa’s colors (red, black, and green), and re-named it the "kinara."
One thing though, for December 25, I certainly won't be saying happy Kwanzaa but Merry Christmas. Even though I'm a "white dude" I certainly have an opinion in this. So do black ministers from all over the United States.
Rev. Peterson said: "Kwanzaa is an anti-God, anti-American, and anti-white holiday created by a black felon. Kwanzaa only serves to further separate blacks from God and America. Black Christians should stop celebrating this pagan holiday-instead, they should stand up for Christmas. "
But sadly some of them are incorporating Kwanzaa into their Christmas program noting that "Imani" and Faith in God are an oxymoron. You cannot have both and be celebatory. Reverend Peterson makes that clear.
You make the call with your conscious.