Nancy Pelosi asked, “Is there not an appreciation for the Jewish holidays? The Christmas holiday? Kwanzaa?
Ron “Maulana” Karenga created Kwanzaa in 1966 as the first specifically African-American holiday. Kwanzaa celebrates race. Anybody who argues that Kwanzaa is not comparable to Christmas is, of course, a racist. But Kwanzaa is all about race. It is a black-only celebration.
Kwanzaa is more than a celebration of black history and culture, something that Black History Month does. In 1965s, Karenga was a co-founder of “US Organization,” or “Organization Us,” as in “us and them,” a violent Black Nationalist group. The Black Panthers were ideological and political rivals of the US Organization, describing them as “United Slaves.”
In 1971, Karenga was convicted of felony assault and imprisoned for assaulting and torturing two women members of US. He spent five years in prison. As his trial, a “psychiatrist reportedly observed that Karenga talked to his blanket and imaginary persons, and believed he’d been attacked by dive-bombers.”
“United Slaves were proto-fascists, walking around in dashikis, gunning down Black Panthers and adopting invented ‘African’ names. . . . Kwanzaa itself is a nutty blend of schmaltzy ’60s rhetoric, black racism and Marxism. Indeed, the seven ‘principles’ of Kwanzaa praise collectivism in every possible arena of life . . . .”
The Kwanzaa principles of “community” and “unity” are about Black unity and community: “Unity of family, community, nation and race” — an “us vs. them” worldview. Whites are the “them.”
Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the re-dedication of the post-exilic temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BC.
According to the Talmud, the Temple was purified and the wicks of the menorah miraculously burned for eight days, even though there was only enough sacred oil for one day’s lighting.
The first-century Jewish Historian Flavius Josephus describes the celebration in his book Jewish Antiquities.1
Christmas celebrates God becoming man in the person of Jesus Christ (John 1:1, 14). Jesus was born into a Jewish home of the tribe of Judah. While Jewish in human heritage, his message was for the world. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). In the next chapter of John’s gospel, Jesus encounters a Samaritan woman, or I should say, a Samaritan woman encounters Jesus. She said to Jesus, “‘How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?’ (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)” (4:9).
Jesus united people of different ethnic and racial backgrounds (Acts 8:25–39).
After hearing her encounter with Jesus, “many of the Samaritans believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified ‘He told me all the things that I have done’” (4:39). They later testified, “this One is indeed the Savior of the world” (4:42).
Coulter gets to the heart of the distinction between Kwanzaa and Christmas: “Kwanzaa liberates no one; Christianity liberates everyone, proclaiming that we are all equal before God. ‘There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus’ (Galatians 3:28). Not surprisingly, it was practitioners of that faith who were at the forefront of the abolitionist and civil rights movements.”