In the spirit of uppity Negroness I just want to state that a good uppity Negro celebrates Kwanzaa because it is a cultural holiday that celebrates our African Americanness. It is a uniquely African American holiday that was founded in 1966 by Malauna Karenga. Now, I thought it was interesting that a well-respected blogger who’s on my blogroll made a complete dig at Kwanzaa because of its founder who apparently has some patriarchal and misogynistic viewpoints.
I don’t think they skipped Christmas because the big white guy in a red suit is the premier focus of the season.
That being said, I’ve yet to understand the argument many self-professed Christians make for their disdain for Christmas. In fact, many of them are quick to call it evil. Please, can someone tell me what is evil about today’s first principle Umoja which is the Swahili word for unity? When someone can tell me what’s wrong with saying “With God’s help, I will strive for and maintain unity in my family, community, nation and race.”
PLEASE tell me the harm in that.
I’ve heard tell that some people think it’s evil because the kinara (candle holder) has three green candles representing the land, three red candles representing the blood of the people and one black candle in the middle representing our race–that the black candle was evil. Why? Because it’s a black candle.
People can really be dumb.
I mean, that’s not even biblical about not using black candles. I’d at least entertain a biblically based argument, but that whole black candle thing is straight out of pop culture.
The recitation of creeds and mantras are no different than the codification of the Nicene Creed that methodists read Sunday after Sunday with great zeal, or the litanies that many denominational churches read around the Christmas season and often during other liturgical moments of the calendar. In fact, some black church folk think that Kwanzaa is out to replace Christmas. Based on what evidence? I’m quite quick to say that it seems to me that most black folk are remiss to engage in Kwanzaa because it was acutally created by them. Most blacks certainly don’t have a problem indulging in the commercialization of the Christmas season despite hearing church sermons year after year after year after year after year after year about “Jesus being the reason for the season” knowing that Christmas as we know it in America stems from Eurocentric traditions.
It appears to me that the widespread rejection of Kwanzaa by many African Americans–on the basis of religion–is a result of deeper hatred of self. A good uppity Negro would at least read the material on Kwanzaa and not just add it as a “Happy Chrismahanakwanzakah” saying as a joke to someone. The reason why a good uppity Negro or hell, anyone should read this is because of the following quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
There is nothing more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. You have a moral responsibility to be intelligent.”
What are your thoughts about Kwanzaa? Yes, a wikipedia search would answer many of your questions that I was just too lazy to answer as far as Kwanzaa 101. Do you celebrate it? Have you thought about it? What are your reservations about it–moreover, why do you think you have reservations about it? What would it take for you to get over those reservations in order to celebrate Kwanzaa?
Keep it uppity and keep it truthfully radical, JLL