Happy Socialism and a Needy New Year

Thursday, December 29th, 2005 12:37 pm by Neal

(Slowly recovering from workplace-ravaged sickness…who says there aren’t advantages to unemployment!)

(UPDATE: Thanks, cyclops, for pointing out that I forgot the link to the Coulter article. Here it is. Enjoy.)

I’ve always wondered where the heck “Kwanzaa” came from, so it was with great interest that I read Ann Coulter’s history of this “holiday”. Coulter could make an insurance seminar entertaining. She introduces the topic thusly:

President Bush’s 2005 Kwanzaa message began with the patently absurd statement: “African-Americans and people around the world reflect on African heritage during Kwanzaa.”

I believe more African-Americans spent this season reflecting on the birth of Christ than some phony non-Christian holiday invented a few decades ago by an FBI stooge. Kwanzaa is a holiday for white liberals, not blacks.

It is a fact that Kwanzaa was invented in 1966 by a black radical FBI stooge, Ron Karenga, aka Dr. Maulana Karenga. Karenga was a founder of United Slaves, a violent nationalist rival to the Black Panthers and a dupe of the FBI.

Hmmm. If Kwanzaa was invented in the 60’s, there’s no telling what kind of lunacy it inherited. Fortunately, Coulter has the details:

Kwanzaa itself is a lunatic blend of schmaltzy ’60s rhetoric, black racism and Marxism. Indeed, the seven “principles” of Kwanzaa praise collectivism in every possible arena of life — economics, work, personality, even litter removal. (“Kuumba: Everyone should strive to improve the community and make it more beautiful.”) It takes a village to raise a police snitch.

When Karenga was asked to distinguish Kawaida, the philosophy underlying Kwanzaa, from “classical Marxism,” he essentially explained that under Kawaida, we also hate whites. While taking the “best of early Chinese and Cuban socialism” — which one assumes would exclude the forced abortions, imprisonment for homosexuals and forced labor — Kawaida practitioners believe one’s racial identity “determines life conditions, life chances and self-understanding.” There’s an inclusive philosophy for you.

Coincidentally, the seven principles of Kwanzaa are the very same seven principles of the Symbionese Liberation Army, another charming invention of the Least-Great Generation. In 1974, Patricia Hearst, kidnap victim-cum-SLA revolutionary, posed next to the banner of her alleged captors, a seven-headed cobra. Each snake head stood for one of the SLA’s revolutionary principles: Umoja, Kujichagulia, Ujima, Ujamaa, Nia, Kuumba and Imani — the same seven “principles” of Kwanzaa.

With his Kwanzaa greetings, President Bush is saluting the intellectual sibling of the Symbionese Liberation Army, killer of housewives and police. He is saluting the founder of United Slaves, who were such lunatics that they shot Panthers for not being sufficiently insane — all with the FBI as their covert ally.

So, according to Coulter, Kwanzaa is a festering, 60’s-infected bit of Marxism sprinkled with a hate-whitey collectivism. How quaint. Readers of this blog are aware of the very low tolerance we have for anything reeking of Socialism, Marxism, collectivism, utopianism, communism, or any psychosis of group identity and security opposing freedom and individual liberty. So, what are we to make of Kwanzaa and its followers, in light of this history? Here are a few suggestions:

  • Kwanzaa should be adopted by all Unions as embodying the ideals of work. Perhaps the NY Transit strike was simply a celebration of this holiday.
  • Kwanzaa should be adopted by the EU as “the official, sanctioned holiday of the winter season”. While most Europeans (the non-Muslim population) are white, they most certainly are not Christian, and so Kwanzaa fills a void in a population that worships socialism. Plus, their self-loathing keeps the “hate-whitey” plank intact!
  • As Coulter noted, Kwanzaa is the holiday for the American Left. Their love of marxism combined with their hatred of Christianity (and whitey) makes it a match made in hell (which, fittingly, is the left’s vision of paradise on Earth).
  • Given Kwanzaa’s socialist foundation, please adopt and spread this cheerful, Kwanzaa greeting: Have a Needy New Year!

Here’s more about this hack Holiday from Hell:
La Shawn Barber’s take on Kwanzaa and Mary Katharine Ham’s take (blogged on Hugh Hewitt).

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