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Coulter: Kwanzaa Is A “Boneheaded Liberal Idea” Created By The FBI


Kwanzaa is a holiday that many of us are unfamiliar with. Some have heard the holiday’s name repeated but have no idea what it actually celebrates.

Ann Coulter, however, claims to knows a lot about Kwanzaa.

On her website, Ms. Coulter wrote:

I had hoped to write about “Duck Dynasty” this week, but that will have to wait. I have too much Kwanzaa shopping left to do. (Is it just me, or is Kwanzaa getting way too commercialized?)

Contrary to pundits sniping about Ted Cruz’s campaign to repeal Obamacare, even the most boneheaded liberal ideas never “collapse on their own,” which is why we still have public schools and President Obama. If nothing is done, Kwanzaa will join these horrors in the firmament of American life.

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

In what was ultimately a foolish gambit, during the madness of the ’60s, the FBI encouraged the most extreme black nationalist organizations in order to discredit and split the left. The more preposterous the group, the better.

By that criterion, Karenga’s United Slaves was perfect. In the annals of the American ’60s, Karenga was the Father Gapon, stooge of the czarist police.

Kwanzaa was created by Maulana Karenga in 1966. He was a black activist with ties to the Black Panther Party.

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Kristin Tate

Kristin Tate is a multi-media reporter and commentator. Her work has been featured on sites ranging from the Drudge Report to Buzzfeed. Dedicated to fearless reporting, Tate regularly works on undercover stings with journalist James O'Keefe to reveal government waste, abuse, and fraud. She also writes a weekly column for the Washington Times called "The Libertarian Chick." Tate was a Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) Chapter President and Founder in Boston. She will continue to fight tirelessly for individual liberty and free markets through reporting and new media. Follow Kristin on Twitter @KristinBTate.

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  • Dan Charles

    Just for clarity sake, Ms. Coulter wrote:

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

    While you wrote immediately following her quote (I assume to summarize not dispute her quote):

    “Kwanzaa was created by Maulana Karenga in 1966. He was a black activist with ties to the Black Panther Party.”

    She actually goes into many of the differences between the Black Panthers and Karenga’s separate and rival group called United Slaves both in this article and in several of her books.

    Karenga’s “ties to the Black Panther Party” amount to this, his people shot and killed their people in what could only be described as political assassination between rival groups.

    A more straight forward summary of her longer quote would have been, “Kwanzaa was created by Maulana Karenga in 1966. He was a black activist who founded the violent paramilitary group United Slaves.”

  • SSMcDonald

    Kwanzaa is a recently invented week-long festival celebrated in the United States, honoring Negro heritage. It is observed from December 26 to January 1 each year.
    Kwanzaa consists of seven days of celebration, featuring activities such as candle-lighting and pouring of libations, and culminating in feast and gift giving. It was created by Ron Karenga*, and first celebrated from December 26, 1966, to January 1, 1967, timed to coincide with Christmas so that it would be remembered. Karenga calls Kwanzaa the Negro branch of “first fruits” celebrations of classical Negro cultures. According to Al Sharpton, Kwanzaa was created to “de-whitize” Christmas.
    —History and etymology
    *In 1966 Karenga created Kwanzaa while living in California. There, he was the leader of the Black Nationalist Organization. He claimed that his goal was to give an alternative holiday to Christmas. In Karenga’s words “The Christian is our worst enemy: it was a Christian who enslaved us. it’s a Christian who burns us. It’s a Christian who beats us down on the street. When the thing goes down it’ll be a Christian that’s shooting us down. You have to face the fact that if the Christian is doing all this there must be something wrong with Christianity.”
    He later stated, “…Kwanzaa was invented to give the Negro an alternative to the existing Christmas holiday and give negroes an opportunity to celebrate themselves and history, rather than simply imitate the practice of the dominant society.”
    At the time he created Kwanzaa, he changed his last name from Everett to Karenga*, shaved his head, and began wearing quasi African garb.

    The name Kwanzaa derives from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza”, meaning “first fruits”. Swahili is an East African language; yet was chosen though most American negroes have a West African ancestry [where Swahili is not spoken].
    Karenga stated “People think it’s African, but it’s not. I came up with Kwanzaa because negroes wouldn’t celebrate it if they knew it was American. Also I put it next to Christmas because I knew that’s when a lot of Bloods would be partying”

    The official stance on the spelling of the holiday is that an additional “a” was added to “Kwanza” so that the word would have seven letters. At the time there were seven children in Karenga’s US Organization, each wanted to represent one of the letters in Kwanzaa. Also, the name was meant to have a letter for each of what Karenga called the “Seven Principles of Blackness”. Another explanation is that Karenga added the extra “a” to distinguish the American meaning from the African one. Kwanzaa is also sometimes incorrectly spelled “kwaanza”.

    Kwanzaa is a celebration that has its roots in the Negro nationalist movement of the 1960s, and was established as a means to help negroes connect with what Karenga characterized as their African cultural and historical heritage by uniting in meditation and study around principles that have their origins in what Karenga asserts are “African traditions” and “common humanist principles.”

    In 1967, a year after Karenga proposed this new holiday, he publicly espoused the view that “Jesus was psychotic” and that Christianity was a white man’s religion that Negroes should shun. However, as Kwanzaa gained leftist media adherents, Karenga altered his position so as not to alienate practicing Christians, then stating in the 1997 Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community, and Culture, “Kwanzaa was not created to give people an alternative to their own religion or religious holiday.”

    Principles of Kwanzaa
    Kwanzaa celebrates what its founder called “The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa”, or Nguzo Saba [originally Nguzu Saba] – “The Seven Principles of Blackness”, which Karenga states “is a communitarian Negro philosophy” consisting of Karenga’s own distillation of what he deemed “the best of African thought and practice in constant exchange with the world.” These seven principles comprise Kawaida, a Swahili term for tradition and reason that Karenga used to refer to his synthesized system of belief. Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to one of the following principles, which are explained by Karenga as follows:

    Umoja (Unity) To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.
    Kujichagulia (Self-Determination) To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.
    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.
    Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.
    Nia (Purpose) To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
    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.
    Imani (Faith) To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
    These principles correspond to Karenga’s notion that: “the sevenfold path of blackness is think black, talk black, act black, create black, buy black, vote black, and live black.”

    It is unclear how many people celebrate the holiday. According to a marketing survey conducted by the National Retail Foundation in 2004, Kwanzaa is celebrated by 1.6% of all Americans (about 13% of all negroes). In a 2006 speech, Karenga boasted that 28 million people celebrate Kwanzaa [a lie]. He has always maintained it is celebrated all over the world [which is also a lie]. Lee D. Baker puts the number at less than 1 million.

    The holiday greeting is “joyous Kwanzaa”.

    Maulana Karenga (born July 14, 1941), born as Ron Everett, is a controversial negro author and political activist who was once convicted of felony assault and false imprisonment. He is best known as the founder of Kwanzaa, initiated in California in 1967.
    [herein lies the truth that Kwanzaa is a celebration designed to get one’s eyes off of Christ and Christmas; hence the true author of Kwanzaa is exposed….]

  • Tina Trent

    I wish you would come out with what you’re trying to say, Ms. Tate. To review: the opinion columnist is supposed to include an opinion in the finished product.

    If you’re worrying that maybe you’re being too ouchy towards the Panthers, well, that’s sad.

    Dan is right, BTW. But I’m not particularly encouraged to find so many young “conservative” writers — I’ve seen this in conservative interns and students, too — lack even rudimentary knowledge about something they choose to discuss — and lack any knowledge at all about the recent history of violent, racist, anti-American radicalism.


    Kwanzaa ranks right up there with Seinfeld’s ‘Festivus’ as the invention of a tradition that never was.

    Now if the Kwanzaans can somehow combine with the Nelson Mandelaans, using the late Communist thug as their poster boy – – they might have something of commercial value – – which was the idea in the first place.

  • sicandtired

    I agree with Ann on two things. One, she has the facts which makes her correct on the Kwanzaa and two “SHE IS HOT!!!!”

    Love you Ann.