How Ann Coulter and Other Folks Are Trying to Tear Down Kwanzaa

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Ann Coulter Kwanzaa
Coulter wrote a similar column bashing the pan-African holiday in 2013 (Image courtesy of The Baltimore Sun)

‘Tis the season for giving and cheer as people across the world celebrate the holidays. The day after Christmas marks the first day of Kwanzaa, but it looks like staunch critics of the pan-African celebration are trying to rain on the parade.

In one of her rants this week, conservative commentator and author Ann Coulter penned a column pegging Kwanzaa as a “made-up racist holiday” crafted by the FBI to spark division among African-Americans. Coulter peddled her alternative facts about the holiday, which is celebrated Dec. 26 – Jan. 1, calling it an occasion “celebrated exclusively by white liberals.”

“Kwanzaa … is a fake holiday invented in 1966 by Black radical/FBI stooge Ron Karenga — aka Dr. Maulana Karenga, founder of United Slaves, the violent nationalist rival to the Black Panthers,” she wrote. “Liberals have become so mesmerized by multicultural gibberish that they have forgotten the real history of Kwanzaa and Karenga’s United Slaves.”

Coulter left many truths out of her sharply worded analysis, however.

Karenga, born Ronald McKinley Everett, formed the militant community group as a means of encouraging cultural revolution among African–Americans, according to Biography.com. The group was instrumental in building independent schools and setting up Black student unions, but drummed up a fierce rivalry with the Black Panther Party (BPP) in a quest for dominance in the Black community.

That aside, the now-college professor went on to create Kwanzaa, a holiday honoring the seven core principles (Nguzo Saba) of Unity (Umoja), Self-Determination (Kujichagulia), Collective Work and Responsibility (Ujima), Cooperative Economics (Ujamaa), Purpose (Nia), Creativity (Kuumba) and Faith (Nia).

Karenga became embroiled in controversy soon after the holiday’s founding and was later convicted in the violent assault and false imprisonment of a female member of United Slaves in 1971. Following his three-year imprisonment, he went on to earn his two doctorate degrees and currently teaches Africana studies at California State University, Long Beach.

Conservatives weren’t here for the REAL run-down of Kwanzaa and Karenga, however, and proceeded to bash them both on social media.

While many Black folks are content with the traditions of Kwanzaa, many felt Karenga’s history of violence and abuse are something that cannot be swept under the rug.

 

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