Preface: A few days ago I was watching Nickelodeon with the boys and noticed the Happy
Looking back, I think I became aware of the existence of
Here is the official definition of
Kwanzaa is a unique African American celebration with focus on the traditional African values of family, community responsibility, commerce, and self-improvement. Kwanzaa is neither political nor religious and despite some misconceptions, is not a substitute for Christmas. It is simply a time of reaffirming African-American people, their ancestors and culture. Kwanzaa, which means "first fruits of the harvest" in the African language Kiswahili, has gained tremendous acceptance. Since its founding in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, Kwanzaa has come to be observed by more than18 million people worldwide, as reported by the New York Times. When establishing Kwanzaa in 1966, Dr. Karenga included an additional "a" to the end of the spelling to reflect the difference between the African American celebration (kwanzaa) and the Motherland spelling (kwanza).<>Sounds good right...cheery and harmless? Well there are a few facts that were left out of this rosy description. Dr. Maulana Karenga is actually a man named Ron Everette...born and raised in
That is mild stuff though...compared to what he was eventually incarcerated for. This felon that 'made up' a holiday to 'de-whitenize' Christmas. On
"The victims said they were living at Karenga’s home when Karenga accused them of trying to kill him by placing crystals in his food and water and in various areas of his house. When they denied it, allegedly they were beaten with an electrical cord and a hot soldering iron was put in Miss Davis’ mouth and against her face. Police were told that one of Miss Jones’ toes was placed in a small vise, which then was tightened by the men and one woman. The following day Karenga told the women that ‘Vietnamese torture is nothing compared to what I know." Miss Tamao put detergent in their mouths; Smith turned a water hose full force on their faces, and Karenga, holding a gun, threatened to shoot both of them. The victims Deborah Jones and Gail Davis were whipped with an electrical cord and beaten with a karate baton after being ordered to remove their clothing." (LAT
So this is the origin of the 'holiday' that is now given equal footing with Chanukah and Christmas. (Karenga puts L.Ron Hubbard to shame!) After his release from prison in 1975, Karenga adopted the ideals of Marxism which are reflected in the 'seven principles of
On a Lighter note...Happy 6th Birthday to Justice today!!!