Kwanzaa -- A Made-up Holiday

Did you know that "Kwanzaa," that made-up holiday celebrated from December 26 through January 1, was invented by Ron N. Everett, known today as Dr. Maulana (Swahili for "master teacher") Karenga?  About Kwanzaa, Karenga said:

People think it’s African. But it’s not. I wanted to give black people a holiday of their own. So I came up with Kwanzaa. I said it was African because you know 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 [blacks] would be partying!

Did you know that Karenga was a founder of "United Slaves", a group that was quite similar in philosophy to the Black Panthers?  The two groups had different tactics, but often competed for the same potential recruits. So an altercation was inevitable. On January 17, 1969, at a Black Student Union meeting at UCLA, Black Panther Alprentice "Bunchy" Carter was heard making derogatory comments about Karenga. Carter was shot to death. The Black Panthers swear it was preplanned.

Or that Karenga was convicted in 1971 for torturing two women? He pressed a hot soldering iron against their faces and put their fingers in a vise in an effort to get them to offer up some nonexistent "crystals" of poison. It seems that the paranoid Karenga thought he was being poisoned. Nice guy, this Kwanzaa founder.

Or that in his book The Quotable Karenga, Karenga wrote "The sevenfold path of blackness is think black, talk black, act black, create black, buy black, vote black, and live black"?  Is this the source of "seven," a number seen often in Kwanzaa? It certainly explains why he wanted a black holiday.

Here's a fact about Kwanzaa that liberals won't tell you. Most Afro-Americans are descendants of people who came from west Africa, primarily Ghana. But Kwanzaa is a holiday based upon the use of the Swahili language and traditions. Swahili is spoken by people in Southeast Africa. Where Swahili is spoken is about three thousand miles from Ghana. So when making up Kwanzaa, Karenga was either ignorant of African geography and languages, or he was contemptuous of Afro-Americans, or (most probably) both.

As William J. Bennett says, "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."

Further, the "Official Kwanzaa Website" refers to a book by Karenga published by the University of Sankore Press. There is today no University of Sankore. In fact, the ancient University of Sankore was a group of Islamic schools in Timbuktu in the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries. In an effort to give itself some creditability, the website says:

The University of Sankore Press takes its name from the famous University of Sankore in Timbuktu, Mali which was founded in the fourteenth century…  Our mission is to continue this legacy of commitment to African scholarship and learning by publishing scholarly yet accessible books on Continental and diasporic African life, culture and history with due attention to issues of race, ethnicity, gender and cultural diversity.  [emphasis mine]

There is a link to the "Kwanzaa Shop" where you can buy, among other things, muhindi -- corn.  But corn wasn't known at all in ancient Africa.

The website says that Kwanzaa's "... origins are in the first harvest celebrations of Africa from which it takes its name," and that "…celebrations are recorded in African history as far back as ancient Egypt and Nubia...[.]"  Yet there is no explanation of why ancient Egyptians or Nubians celebrated harvest festivals at a time fully two months after their harvest was complete. Or why ancient Egyptians or Nubians celebrated harvest festivals on a northern hemisphere schedule. Or even why Egyptians are included.

Also on the website is the statement "... Swahili, a Pan-African language which is the most widely spoken African language." Swahili is spoken by about 7 percent of African people. Arabic is the language most spoken in Africa. As for "Pan-African," Swahili is a Bantu language, with many words coming from Arabic, Persian, and Indian languages. Swahili was originally written in Arabic script.

Now, inventing a holiday is fine, as is celebrating it. But celebrating a so obviously bogus holiday invented by a criminal convicted "...on charges of torturing two women who were members of United Slaves, a black nationalist cult he had founded," is something only liberals can do.

The United Slaves evolved into "Us".  From the Us web page (no mention of United Slaves or Karenga's conviction on it), an organization Karenga heads:

...the essential task of our organization Us has been and remains to provide a philosophy, a set of principles and a program which inspire a personal and social practice that not only satisfies human need but transforms people in the process...

What philosophy? None can be found on the Us web page, so we look to Karenga's personal philosophy, which is one that closely follows Karl Marx.

In 1848, Karl Marx said:

There is only one way in which the murderous death agonies of the old society and the bloody birth throes of the new society can be shortened, simplified and concentrated, and that way is revolutionary terror.

About Marxism and violence, John Molyneux had this to say: the struggle for this new society Marxists do not reject all violence.

So, Karenga's philosophy is one of violence. Al Sharpton, where are you on this? You supposedly abhor violence. Are you giving Karenga a pass because both of you were FBI informants? Or is it because you said in 1971 that Kwanzaa "...would perform the valuable service of 'de-whitizing' Christmas."

It's also interesting to note that the Symbionese Liberation Army's seven-headed cobra symbol was based on the seven principles of Kwanzaa.  Another winner for Karenga.

So, Kwanzaa is a made-up joke of a holiday. But to hear the liberals and the MSM talk about it, you would think that it has a deep-rooted meaning. Its seven principles (Nguzo Saba) are themselves quite profound and worthy of attainment, but they are lost in all the fakery of Kwanzaa. One must then ask if the seven principles are themselves fake.

But that's just my opinion.

Dr. Warren Beatty (not the liberal actor) earned a Ph.D. in quantitative management and statistics from Florida State University.  He was a (very conservative) professor of quantitative management specializing in using statistics to assist/support decision-making.  He has been a consultant to many small businesses and is now retired.  Dr. Beatty is a veteran who served in the U.S. Army for 22 years.  He blogs at