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Kwanzaa -- Racist Holiday from Hell

By Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson
FrontPageMagazine.com | December 29, 2004

While public officials, schools, and the ACLU worked overtime this
year to ban every vestige of Christmas from the public square, the
recently invented holiday known as Kwanzaa is gaining in popularity
among black Americans. These occurrences are not unrelated.

In an earlier time, blacks held a strong faith in God. But over the
past 40 years, the black community has largely let God slip away.
Sure the community has maintained the outer trappings of religion,
but the solid morality at its core is nearly gone.

Enter a God-hating black racist named Ron Karenga. Born Ron Everett
on a poultry farm in Maryland, Everett invented Kwanzaa in 1966,
based on an African harvest festival (though it takes place during
the Winter Solstice!), and celebrating the first Kwanzaa with his
family and friends.

Calling himself "Maulana" (Swahili for "Master Teacher"), Karenga
became a black nationalist at UCLA, and formed his group, the United
Slaves (US) for the purpose of igniting a "cultural revolution"
among American blacks. US members followed Karenga's "Path of
Blackness," which is detailed in his Quotable Karenga: "The
sevenfold path of blackness is think black, talk black, act black,
create black, buy black, vote black, and live black."

The United Slaves had violent confrontations with the Black Panthers
on campus, and were actually considered more radical than the

The biggest dispute between the United Slaves and the Panthers was
for the leadership of the new African Studies Department at UCLA,
with each group backing a different candidate. Panthers John Jerome
Huggins and Alprentice "Bunchy" Carter verbally attacked Karenga at
the meeting, which infuriated Karenga's followers. After the meeting
ended, two United Slaves members, George and Larry Stiner,
reportedly confronted Huggins and Carter in a hallway, shooting and
killing them.

Incidentally, on March 31, 1974, it was discovered that both Stiner
brothers had escaped from the family visiting area in San Quentin
State Prison. Larry Stiner turned himself into the FBI in Caracas,
Venezuela, on December 13, 1994. He remains in custody at San
Quentin. But George Stiner remains at large and his whereabouts
remain unknown. He is currently on California's 10 Most Wanted List.

The shooting at UCLA apparently caused Karenga to become extremely
suspicious. On May 9, 1970, Karenga and two others tortured two
women who Karenga believed had tried to poison him by
placing "crystals" in his food and water.

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. She
testified that a hot soldering iron was placed in Miss Davis' mouth
and placed against Miss Davis' face and that one of her own big toes
was tightened in a vice. Karenga, head of US, also put detergent and
running hoses in their mouths, she said."

Karenga was sentenced to one-to-ten years in prison on counts of
felonious assault and false imprisonment. At his trial, the question
arose as to Karenga's sanity. The psychiatrist's report
stated: "This man now represents a picture which can be considered
both paranoid and schizophrenic with hallucinations and illusions,
inappropriate affect, disorganization, and impaired contact with the
environment." The psychiatrist reportedly observed that Karenga
talked to his blanket and imaginary persons, and he believed he'd
been attacked by dive-bombers.

Eight years later, California State University Long Beach named
Karenga the head of its Black Studies Department. By this time,
Karenga had "repented" of his black nationalism and had become just
a harmless garden variety Marxist. This must be our esteemed
university system's idea of repentance!

Karenga's Kwanzaa celebration consists of seven "principles." They
are Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination – code for "buy
black"), Ujima (collective work and responsibility – groupthink),
Ujamaa (cooperative economics – socialism), Nia (purpose) Kuumba
(creativity), and Imani (faith – in man, not God).

To provide a symbol of his seven "principles," Karenga used the
menorah from Judaism with Kwanzaa's colors (red, black, and green),
and re-named it the "kinara."

Karenga also created a Kwanzaa flag that consists of black, green,
and red. The Kwanzaa Information Center states the color red
represents blood: "We lost our land through blood; and we cannot
gain it except through blood. We must redeem our lives through the
blood. Without the shedding of blood there can be no redemption of
this race." The Kwanzaa Information Center also notes that this
flag "has become a symbol of devotion for African people in America
to establish an independent African nation on the North American
Continent." (Emphasis added.)

When once asked why he designed Kwanzaa to take place around
Christmas, Karenga explained, "People think it's African, but it's
not. I came up with Kwanzaa because black people 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 would be partying."

Karenga has explained that his creation of Kwanzaa was motivated in
part by hostility toward both Christianity and Judaism. Writing in
his 1980 book Kawaida Theory, he claimed that Western
religion "denies and diminishes human worth, capacity, potential and
achievement. In Christian and Jewish mythology, humans are born in
sin, cursed with mythical ancestors who've sinned and brought the
wrath of an angry God on every generation's head." He clearly
opposed belief in God and other "spooks who threaten us if we don't
worship them and demand we turn over our destiny and daily lives."

Through ignorance or racism, growing numbers of black Christians are
either celebrating Kwanzaa or incorporating it into their Christmas
celebrations. Now many preachers are incorporating Kwanzaa into
their messages. This is a horrible mistake.

First of all, as we've seen, the whole holiday is made up! You won't
find its roots in Africa or anywhere else. Second,
Kwanzaa's "principles" are straight from Hell. Third, and most
importantly, Christians who celebrate or incorporate Kwanzaa are
moving their attention away from Christmas, the birth of our Savior,
and the simple message of salvation: love for God through his Son.
To add or subtract from that message is evil.

In recent years Kwanzaa has become increasingly popular and
mainstream. President Bill Clinton commemorated Kwanzaa, stating
that Kwanzaa's seven principles "ring true not only for African-
Americans, but also for all Americans…bring[ing] new purpose to our
daily lives." In 2002, President Bush, though a devout Christian,
also commemorated Kwanzaa. The U.S. Postal Service issued a Kwanzaa
stamp in 1997; the Smithsonian Institution sponsors an annual
celebration; and greeting card companies churn out Kwanzaa cards for

It is now clear that Kwanzaa is a phony, wicked holiday created by
an ex-con who hates God, Christians, Jews, and blacks – yes blacks.
Why else would he try to pull them away from Christianity and
indoctrinate them in racialism and socialism? Blacks, particularly
black Christians, need to stand up for Christmas and reject Kwanzaa.
If they refuse, they will be helping to stamp out the true meaning
of Christmas, and allowing evil to have its way in America.

This is a future we cannot allow.

Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson is the Founder and President of BOND (the
Brotherhood Organization of A New Destiny). He is also the author of
the book "SCAM: How the Black Leadership Exploits Black America".
For more information, please call 1-800-411-BOND (2663), or e-mail
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