Michelle and I send our warmest wishes to all those celebrating Kwanzaa this holiday season.
Today marks the beginning of the week-long celebration honoring African American heritage and culture through the seven principles of Kwanzaa -- unity, self determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.
We celebrate Kwanzaa at a time when many African Americans and all Americans reflect on our many blessings and memories over the past year and our aspirations for the year to come.
And even as there is much to be thankful for, we know that there are still too many Americans going through enormous challenges and trying to make ends meet. But we also know that in the spirit of unity, or Umoja, we can overcome those challenges together.
As families across America and around the world light the red, black, and green candles of the Kinara this week, our family sends our well wishes and blessings for a happy and healthy new year.
Parades were held for this "holiday down in Los Angeles (CBS). Even postage stamps and gift cards at various department stores are sold celebrating this "holiday."
So what's the big deal?
Kwanzaa is not an "African" holiday, but a made-up holiday started in Los Angeles in 1966 by some black nationalist who is now a college professor named Ron Karenga. Here's Karenga in a video below telling more about this "holiday."
"I created Kwanzaa for three basic reasons...the first being to reaffirm our rootedness in African culture. Because even though we are African people, due to the holocaust of enslavement, we were lifted out of our own history, and made a footnote and forgotten casualty in European (read "Whitey") history."
Karenga also told the Washington ComPost (Discover the Networks):
"People think it's African, but it's not...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."
What you won't probably hear about Karenga was that he was a member of a terrorist group called US (United Slaves) that was involved in a shooting with rival Black Panthers in which two of the panthers were killed. In 1971, Karenga was sentenced to one to ten years in prison for felonious assault. According to an LA Times article from 1971, quoted in Wikipedia.
"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 Miss Davis' mouth and placed against Miss Davis' face and that one of her own big toes was tightened in a vise. Karenga, head of US, also put detergent and running hoses in their mouths, she said. They also were hit on the heads with toasters."
Three years later, the seven principles of Kwanzaa became the seven principles of the Bay Area leftist terrorist group called the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA). Who were they?
The SLA killed a black Oakland, CA school superintendent, kidnapped newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst, converted her by brainwashing, robbed banks, were involved in bombings and one killing during a Sacramento bank robbery.
In 2004, Les Kinsolving wrote of a debate he had with Karenga back in the 1960s.
While I was an Episcopal parish priest in Northern California in the 1960s, I was challenged to debate Malcolm X – which I accepted.
When I arrived at an all-black audience in West Oakland (home of the Black Panthers), I discovered that a substitute had been made for Malcolm.
Mr. Karenga was the most foul-smelling person I had ever sat next to – which, I strongly suspect, was part of his debating technique.
Karenga's argumentation was equally foul – an exceptionally hostile recitation of extremist black-power claims, which I found to be utterly preposterous. And I said so, and explained why.
That led to ominous sounds from this all-black audience – that Karenga began to manipulate.
Suddenly, there came a strong vocal intervention – by the Rev. Booker T. Anderson, pastor of the Easter Hill United Methodist Church, in nearby Richmond, Calif.
Booker was my fellow participant in the California delegation on the final day of the Selma March into Montgomery, Ala. And he told this angry crowd that I had "not only talked-the-talk, but walked-the-walk" with him.
That very probably saved me from either serious or fatal injury.
Discover the Networks also notes that Karenga made excuses for the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and claimed capitalism was the cause of the attacks.
So there you have it, a holiday by a terrorist and a torturer who is also anti-American and Marxist, whose principles were used by another terrorist group. No wonder Lefties love this holiday.