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Posted on 12/19/2001 9:33:02 AM PST by VinnyTex
'Kwanzaa' was invented by a black criminal in California
by Kathy Shaidle, with notes from Eli Schuster
BEFORE school lets out for the holidays this month, countless U.S. teachers and students will celebrate Kwanzaa. They will light black, red and green candles, and sing about the festival's "seven principles," such as faith, unity and creativity. Few schools in Canada mark the African-themed festival, but some do. For instance, students and staff at Oakwood Collegiate, a Toronto high school with a large black population, attended a Kwanzaa banquet earlier this month. Vice-principal Pat Agard says it is the second time the festival has been marked at the school, which boasts a 40-member African-Canadian Club. "We're just becoming aware of [Kwanzaa] now," the administrator says. "We're trying to let people know about it."
Held each year from December 26 until January 2, Kwanzaa is increasingly seen as an appropriate multicultural alternative to Christmas, a holiday considered too religious and "Eurocentric" for public schools. But there is one not-so-insignificant problem associated with Kwanzaa. While many teachers believe it to be an ancient African harvest festival, it was actually born, not in pre-colonial West Africa, but in 1960s southern California. It is, in fact, the brainchild of African-American radical activist, academic and convicted felon Ron Karenga.
In 1969, two rival radical groups battled for control of the UCLA black studies program: the Black Panthers and the lesser-known US, or United Slaves, led by Karenga. Both groups sauntered around campus carrying loaded guns. Perhaps inevitably, violence erupted. As David Horowitz recalls in Radical Son, Black Panther John Higgins was "murdered--along with Al 'Bunchy' Carter--on the UCLA campus by members of Ron Karenga's organization." The FBI infiltrated both groups after the shootout. The US groups turned to fighting "enemies within." The result: two female members were tortured by their "comrades" in May 1970. Both allege Karenga ordered, and participated in, their assaults.
In 1999, writer Paul Mulshine published his research into Karenga's violent past in Front Page Magazine. Mr. Mulshine found a May 14, 1971, Los Angeles Times report of the victims' testimony, which read: "The victims said they were living at Karenga's home when Karenga accused them of trying to [poison] him...When they denied it, allegedly they were beaten with an electrical cord and a hot soldering iron was put in [one victim's] mouth and against her face. Police were told that one of [the other victim's] toes was placed in a small vise which was allegedly tightened by one of the defendants. The following day... Karenga, holding a gun, threatened to shoot both of them."
Convicted of felonious assault and false imprisonment, Karenga was sentenced in 1971 to up to 10 years in prison. "A brief account of the sentencing ran in several newspapers the following day," Mr. Mulshine writes. "That was apparently the last newspaper article to mention Karenga's unfortunate habit of doing unspeakable things to black people. After that, the only coverage came from the hundreds of news accounts that depict him as the wonderful man who invented Kwanzaa." Shortly after his release from prison in 1975, Karenga (now armed, not with a pistol, but a doctorate) took over the Black studies department at california state University, Long Beach, which he runs to this day.
And what about Kwanzaa? The festival's seven days commemorate allegedly "traditional African" principles, such as "collective work" and "co-operative economics," each referred to by a Swahili name. "Why did Karenga use Swahili words for his fictional African feast?" asks Mr. Mulshine. "American Blacks are primarily descended from people who came from Ghana and other parts of West Africa. Kenya and Tanzania--where Swahili is spoken--are thousands of miles away. This makes about as much sense as having Irish-Americans celebrate St. Patrick's Day by speaking Polish." And why would Karenga schedule a harvest festival near the solstice, "a season when few fruits or vegetables are harvested anywhere?"
This month, the religious satire magazine The Door likewise questioned Kwanzaa's authenticity. "Karenga cobbled together a mishmash of different traditions and languages and blended them with Marxist ideas to reflect a unified African culture that doesn't exist anywhere," the magazine reported. "Ujima, or 'collective work,' one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa, is the term used by the socialist leader of Tanzania, Julius Nyerere, for his disastrous policy of placing tens of thousands of Tanzanians on collective farms."
"People think it's African, but it's not," admitted Karenga in a 1978 Washington Post interview. "I put it around Christmas because I knew that's when a lot of 'bloods' [Blacks] would be partying."
The fare will be "White Christmas", "Frosty the Snowman" and a Kwanzaa tune.
It was mentioned when the Clinton's began saying, "happy Quanza". I think it was the same Christmas season when Hillary called Jesus a child of homeless people.
Ron Everett (aka. Maulana Karenga) / US Links
US, the organization the Ron Everett founded in 1965, the organization that murdered 5 members of the rival Black Panther Party, is back - well it was back in 1995, but they haven't updated their website since then. Their website is here.
The Kwanzaa Hoax
William J. Bennetta
“Anywhere we are, Us is.”
That looks like a line from an Amos ‘N Andy show. One can easily imagine that it served as the motto of the Mystic Knights of the Sea, and that it was recited by such characters as The Kingfish, Andy Brown and Algonquin J. Calhoun.
In fact, however, the line that I have quoted is the motto of a real organization — a real organization that was originally named United Slaves but now calls itself The Organization Us (or simply Us or US). It was created some 40 years ago, in Southern California, by a black racist who had begun life as Ron N. Everett but later had assumed the name Maulana Karenga.
Karenga — known chiefly as the inventor of Kwanzaa, a fake “African” holiday that he contrived in 1966 — has enjoyed a truly colorful career. He was a prominent black nationalist during the 1960s, when his organization was involved in various violent operations. He was sent to prison in 1971, after he and some of his pals tortured and raped two women with a soldering iron and a vise, among other things. He emerged from prison in 1974, and a few years later — in a maneuver that even The Kingfish might have found difficult — he got himself installed as the chairman of the Department of Black Studies at California State University at Long Beach. CSULB wasn’t the only American university that got the racial willies during the 1970s and set up a tin-pot black-studies department, but CSULB (as far as I know) was the only one that hired a chairman who was a violent felon.
Karenga is still working at CSULB and is still running The Organization Us, and he and Us are still promoting his proprietary holiday, Kwanzaa. Prentice Hall is promoting it too, so The American Nation displays a picture of “an American family’s celebration of Kwanzaa” — but The American Nation doesn’t tell anything about Karenga, about his rules for carrying out a “celebration of Kwanzaa,” or about his make-believe Africanism. Let me supply some of the information that Prentice Hall has hidden:
Kwanzaa is supposed to be celebrated from 26 December through 1 January: It competes with Christmas and Chanukah while incorporating some echoes of both, e.g., gift-giving and a ceremony built around a seven-holed candle-holder that recalls Judaism’s seven-branched menorah.
Karenga has concocted some bits of lore, lingo, and mumbo-jumbo that are intended to make Kwanzaa look like something out of Africa instead of something from Los Angeles County, but his efforts have been feeble. If you scan The Official Kwanzaa Web Site [see note 1, below], you’ll read that the origins of Kwanzaa lie in “the first harvest celebrations of Africa,” which allegedly “are recorded in African history as far back as ancient Egypt and Nubia” — but there is no explanation of why any ancient Egyptians or Nubians might have held harvest festivals around the time of the winter solstice, and there is no identification of the crops that they harvested. Karenga’s formula for celebrating Kwanzaa requires the use of two ears of maize — but maize is a New World plant, and it wasn’t known at all in ancient Africa.
True believers can purchase ears of maize and other Kwanzaa equipment (e.g., candles and seven-holed candle-holders and straw mats) from the University of Sankore Press, a company in Los Angeles. This outfit evidently is controlled by Us and serves as Us’s marketing unit. It isn’t a university press, and its name is a mockery. The so-called University of Sankore was an aggregation of Islamic schools that flourished at Timbuktu in the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries. No University of Sankore exists today.
In Karenga’s Kwanzaa-lingo, ears of maize are called by the Swahili name “muhindi.” In fact, all the objects that Karenga has worked into Kwanzaa have names taken from Swahili, which The Official Kwanzaa Web site describes as “a Pan-African language” and “the most widely spoken African language.” The labeling of Swahili as a “Pan-African” language is rubbish. Swahili — a Bantu tongue that includes many words absorbed from Arabic, from Persian and from certain Indian languages — is spoken by some 50 million people (i.e., about 7% of Africa’s population). Most of those Swahili-speakers are concentrated in eastern Africa, in a region that includes Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and a strip of Zaire. The language which is used most widely in Africa is Arabic; and indeed, Swahili was originally written in Arabic script [note 2].
Kwanzaa is a hoax — a hoax built around fake history and pseudohistorical delusions. By attempting to dignify and promote Kwanzaa in The American Nation, Prentice Hall has joined in a flim-flam.
Useful! Nice work. Bookmarked.
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