If there was ever any doubt as to the voter power welded by African-Americans in upcoming elections, the latest tweet from the GOP should cast away all doubt.What a big #fail by the GOP, but then after the way the party's "leaders" attack the Tea Party and are willing to surrender their principcles. Nothing suprises me anymore. But they're not alone, as Richard Milhous Obama and former President George W. Bush have issued statements in the past falling for ths "holiday."
On Thursday the GOP tweeted, "Happy Kwanzaa" wishes to all those who celebrate the holiday.
"Happy Kwanzaa! Wishing those celebrating a joyous time with loved ones and a time of meaningful reflection ahead of the New Year," the tweet read.
Most who commented on the tweet saw this as another flat attempt to reach out to black voters as primary season has officially begun.
"I want to extend my best wishes to all who are celebrating Kwanzaa," said Chairman Priebus. "For families coming together to mark the occasion, I hope it is a joyous time of celebration with loved ones–and a time of meaningful reflection ahead of the New Year."
"From December 26 through January 1, many families will take time to celebrate African culture and history. Kwanzaa is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to honor the importance of family and community, and it reminds us of the great diversity in America. Happy Kwanzaa!" said Co-Chairman Day.
According to a post on hardhatters.com, "as of the 2010 population, there are roughly 39 million Black Americans living in the United States, yet its estimated that only half a million to two million or just 1%-5% of Black Americans even celebrate Kwanzaa."
But how many people are aware of the origins of this Kwanzaa?
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. Karenga once told the Washington ComPost the following about his "holiday" (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. This Leftist terrorist group adopted Kwanzaa's seven principles, Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), Kuumba (creativity), and Imani (faith) into its symbol of a seven-headed cobra.
SLA General Field Marshall Cinque Says "Happy Kwanzaa!"
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.
Blogger La Shawn Barber noted that Karenga once said the following about Christianity:
“Belief in spooks who threaten us if we don’t worship them and demand we turn over our destiny and daily lives must be categorized as spookism and condemned.”For two other perspectives on this "holiday," see "Kwanzaa is for Pagans" by La Shawn Barber and "Kwanzaa — Racist Holiday from Hell" by The Rev. Jessie Lee Peterson of B.O.N.D.