Starting on Dec. 26th through January 1st, millions of Black Americans will be celebrating “Kwanzaa”, which is widely known as a week-long “African-American Cultural Festive”.
Karenga, a noted atheist and Marxist, teaches that Kwanzaa is based on seven principles, which he calls the “Nguzo Saba” (the seven principles of African Heritage), which he alleges “is a communitarian African philosophy: the best of African thought and practice in constant exchange with the world.”
The seven principles of Kwanzaa are allegedly Swahili terms. Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to one of the principles:
- Dec. 26th, Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
- Dec. 27th, Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.
- Dec. 28th, Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems, and to solve them together.
- Dec. 29th, Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
- Dec. 30th, Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
- Dec. 31st, Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
- Jan. 2st, Imani (Faith): To believe with all our hearts in God, our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
I have seen many Conservatives, Black and White, attack Black Americans for celebrating Kwanzaa, because its founder is atheist and a confirmed Marxist.
Others condemn it for different reasons. I take a different approach. I believe in personally attacking others.
In fact, I don’t have a problem with Black Americans who do choose to celebrate the principles of Kwanzaa. That is their individual right and I respect their freedom to practice any celebration they choose.
However, the main reason is because the principles are all quite conservative in nature, albeit I concede that don’t know any Black Conservative who recognizes Kwanzaa or celebrate it.
It does appear, therefore, to be a liberal outlet, so to speak.
That leads me to believe that most so called Black liberals who are professing to embrace these so called principles are actually deceiving themselves, because liberalism, as an ideology and social practice, is a direct affront to each of the principles taught in the Kwanzaa celebration.
I would, quite honestly, be very excited, if so called liberals, who claim to celebrate Kwanzaa, where to actually put into practice these principles which they so superficially celebrate.
For example, if those who practice Kwanzaa are sincere in wanting to “maintain unity in the family and nation”, why, then, do they not fiercely opposed the liberal “Great Society” policies which have done more to break up and break down Black families than chattel slavery ever could?
I have rarely met a Black liberal who truly embraces the level of self-determination Kwanzaa proposes, which calls for one to define themselves and speak for themselves.
Too many of my fellow Black Americans have been deeply indoctrinated by an ideology which makes it instinctive to malign, slander, and assassinate any idea, definition, or expression that does not espouse liberal policies.
Thus, most Liberal Black Americans do not self-define. They are defined by their indoctrination into liberalism and they fight to promote those definitions, even to our own detriment far too often.
The masses of so called Liberal Black Americans do not believe in “collective work and responsibility”. If they did, they would not spend the dollar bill outside of our communities after circulating it only one time (dollar velocity). Moreover, they would absolutely support free market solutions in business, education, and health care, which would result in a stronger local economy.
They don’t want to “solve problems together’, but want the government to solve their problems.
When I was growing up, most of the local businesses were owned by local residents. That quickly changed as I reached my teens. Now, most of the businesses owned in predominantly Black neighborhoods are owned and maintained by people who do not live in the community. In many instances, who are not even American? Here again, a glaring hypocrisy.
Restoring our people to our “traditional greatness”? I wonder if that includes the legacies of both African and Americans of African descent who espoused individual responsibility.
Frederick Douglass once said: “A man may not get all that he deserves, but he must work for all that he gets”. That is a direct indictment of Obama’s HHS mandate, which actually goes to far as to strip Americans of the responsibility to work.
Nothing great about that. Certainly nothing “authentically” Black or African about that. Most of all, nothing American about that.
Predominantly Black urban communities can reasonably be described as “war zones”. More citizens are murdered therein than both Iraq and Afghanistan combined. Although trillions of dollars in poverty funds have been allocated there over the past 47 years, these communities are not more “beautiful” than before the so called “war on poverty”, but are, in fact, worse than they were before the declared war on poverty.
Finally, there is the so called principle of “Faith”.
I cannot accept that someone celebrating Kwanzaa “believes in God with all their hearts, in their children, etc.”, when they are cooperating with the genocide of millions of unborn Black Children, fighting against school choice, and championing liberal policies that are destined to deny our children of the opportunity to experience the kind of American Exceptionalism that our forefathers fought to guarantee us.
I would say that I and many of my colleagues, on the other hand, live every single one of the so-called principles of Kwanzaa. The difference is that we base our principles on the Word of God and the principles of the Constitution of the United States of American, which transcend culture or “color”.
We did not need to look for guidance from the roots of Marxism, no matter how appealing they may be on the surface. We know that it’s not real. The proof is in the hypocrisy of those who claim to practice Kwanzaa.
So, in the final analysis, my intent is not to condemn the one who claims to practice Kwanzaa for doing so. Instead, it is to call into question the hypocrisy of those who clearly do not practice what they preach.