Instead, Karenga argued, the purpose of Kwanzaa was to study Nguzu Saba, which were the seven principles of African Heritage. from one man, Adam] all nations of men” (Acts 17:26, cf. Also, I put it around Christmas because I knew that’s when a lot of bloods would be partying.” Great values! Some regard Kwanzaa as a rival "pagan holiday," "cultic celebration" or as idol worship. [3], Kwanzaata voidaan viettää eri tavoin, mutta tyypillistä sille on laulaminen ja tanssiminen, afrikkalaiset rummut, tarinoiden kertominen, runojen lukeminen ja iso perinteinen ateria. I didn’t just “have a black friend,” I, in fact, had very few white friends… my friends in other words had “a white friend.” Not only did the cultural and geographic peoples and places have an impact on me, but so to did theology. ©2020 Verizon Media. Press of Mississippi, 2009); 2)  Stephen Howe, Afrocentrism: Mythical Pasts and Imagined Homes (New York, NY: Verso, 1999); 3)  Mary Lefkowitz, Not Out Of Africa: How “Afrocentrism” Became An Excuse To Teach Myth As History (New York, NY: Basic Books); 4)  An audio chapter from Black Rednecks and White Liberals. According to the July 27, 1971 Los Angeles Times, a psychological profile of Kerenga described him “as a danger to society who is in need of prolonged custodial treatment in prison.” The profile noted that Kerenga, while legally sane, was “confused and not in contact with reality.”, The “seven principles” of Kwanzaa that Kerenga created as part of the Nguzo Saba are little more than Marxism transposed into afrocentric key. There are some moderate positions, but the whole Afrocentrism controversy is based on concepts of race and racism, and is therefore very difficult to discuss without enraging someone. Mason Weaver points out the bottom line: Professor Ron Karenga made up Kwanzaa in 1961 to counter the Western celebration of Christmas. [4] Afrocentrism is a political movement that believes Greek culture was borrowed from Black Africans. The more preposterous the group, the better. Dr. Sowell’s page at Amazon can be found here; 6)  Video of the American Black History videos:; Kwanzaa was created in 1966 as a holiday celebration of African culture and heritage but there’s more to the story.

(Ravi Zacharias, Deliver Us from Evil: Restoring the Soul in a Disintegrating Culture, p. 57). In case you have never seen or heard Mason Weaver, he has a website called The Mason Weaver Show, as well as writing a book entitled It’s Okay To Leave the Plantation. Jesus came to save the world (John 3:16-17), God’s Word has always stated that He has “made of one blood [i.e. An African feast, called a Karamu, is held on December 31. Despite its ecumenical character, Kwanzaa remains controversial in black churches. We made it easy for you to exercise your right to vote. Not only did this principle not know my history or theology, he apparently didn’t realize that I quoted mainly from either black authors as well as from the L. A. See below. Because I spoke Swahili (and he apparently did not) Dr. Karenga was forced to admit that the word “Kwanza” was a Swahili adverb for “first,” and he added the extra “a” and “fruits” because it fit his story. Instead of rejecting Kwanzaa and embracing the religion of consumer capitalism that co-opts the Christmas story, observant Christians should regard the practice of Kwanzaa as a new mode of expressing their faith. Christmas promotes the latter. Karenga claims that he did not intend Kwanzaa to become a religion, a religious holiday, or an alternative to Christmas, but rather an … Thus the religious critics of Kwanzaa have it backwards. I came up with Kwanzaa because black people wouldn’t celebrate it if they knew it was American. [6] Carlotta Morrow, the main author I quoted from heavily in my first letter to the school, (a black-American woman) began her research on Kwanzaa in the early 1980’s after her sister, who was a member of Dr. Karenga’s black activist group called the United Slaves (US) Organization, denounced her faith in Christ, claiming that Christianity was a white man’s religion. I am sure that this sixties – Berkley attending – gentleman had gotten away with such a canard before, he unfortunately hadn’t researched his statement in my particular case enough. Kwanzaan jokaisena seitsemänä iltana perhe kokoontuu yhteen ja lapsi sytyttää yhden kynttilän kinara-kynttilänjalassa. and created a new celebration with socialist/Marxist overtones. (I would just as vehemently speak out against this as well, for when the school sets its seal of approval on a celebration, you teach all its goals and aims ~ whether religious or political.

The American celebration of Christmas that features Santa Claus as its chief icon, lighted trees, shopping rituals, massive food grabs and spectacular gift giving resemble the festivals of Imperial Rome that honored the might of Caesar more than the humble story of a couple that gave birth to a Christ-child in a manger. He is also the author of the book SCAM: How the Black Leadership Exploits Black America. When Karenga spoke at the Million-Man March, he went virtually unnoticed. [5] Kerenga believes that the black race are the real Jewish peoples, much like Christian Identity – the religious movement of the KKK – believes the white race to be the true Jewish peoples. Thus, taking a non-neutral position. But your state may let you vote during a designated early voting period. You see, I am a young earth creationist.

(from, So again, I restate my three points in the original letter. Kwanzaa was created out of the liberation narrative of the 1960s. For the Nov 3 election: States are making it easier for citizens to vote absentee by mail this year due to the coronavirus.

It would be the same as the school teaching and celebrating a holiday created by the Ku Klux Klan, or an offshoot thereof.

The Los Angeles Times described the events: “Deborah Jones, who once was given the title of an African queen, said she and Gail Davis were whipped with an electric cord and beaten with a karate baton after being ordered to remove their clothes at gunpoint. For example: one public schools students and parents were asked to come in and share with the class about Kwanzaa, and other religious holiday practices of their Buddhist faith and Muslim faith as well as the traditions and practices of Hanukkah.

By this time, Karenga had “repented” of his black nationalism and had become just a harmless garden variety Marxist. Kerenga did time in prison for disrobing these two women at gunpoint and having them beaten severely. Times for the letter. While there is value in all observances of Kwanzaa, people who practice Kwanzaa outside of its Kawaida framework are more susceptible to making the holiday superficial and become vulnerable to charges of "You're just dressing up pretending to be African" or "This holiday has nothing to do with the concrete needs of black people. Karenga, head of US, also put detergent and running hoses in their mouths, she said.”. Jesus came to save the world (John 3:16-17), God’s Word has always stated that He has “made of one blood [i.e. Visit your state election office website to find out if you can vote by mail. (Updated quote) Ann Coulter, likewise, points out the bottom line: It is a fact that Kwanzaa was invented in 1966 by a black radical FBI stooge, Ron Karenga — a.k.a. It takes a political and moral stance. The democratic insurgencies in the African countries of Tunsia and Egypt that initiated the Arab Spring, Occupy movements, the reconstruction of Haiti, and initiatives to address environment devastation in light of BP oil spills and Fukushima (Japan) nuclear meltdown should be embraced and celebrated as practices of 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" and as actions that participate with Christ in making the conditions on earth resemble those in heaven. (Ravi Zacharias, In case you have never seen or heard Mason Weaver, he has a website called, Ann Coulter recently wrote about the origins of Kwanzaa at, Roman Epicurean’ism | Natural Law and Homosexuality, Emergen[t]cy | Investigating Post Modernism In Evangelical Thought, were the originators of the human population and that from these first persons came the darker (say, Ethiopians) and person’s like myself (Irish),,, Democrat Showing His Affinity to Prejudicial Positions and Terrorism | Religio-Political Talk (RPT). Jesus' image of the kingdom points toward an alternative vision of life under God, a world transformed. I have long-standing family friends who are native-born Africans (Kenyans), who have given their entire life to the mission field. “Deborah Jones, who once was given the title of an African queen, said she and Gail Davis were whipped with an electric cord and beaten with a karate baton after being ordered to remove their clothes at gunpoint. Do they object to the mainstreaming of Kwanzaa symbols and products? 5)  Race and Culture: A Worldview (This is really part of a trilogy). As a celebration framed in the midst of the African American freedom movement, Kwanzaa must be informed by ongoing struggles and aspirations of African and other aggrieved peoples. The seven principles are: Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity) and Imani (Faith). I do not mind if the school teaches my son true history, which includes the history of Africa, as well as other Continents.

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