Kwanzaa, Liberalism, and Hypocrisy
by Stacy Swimp
Starting on Dec. 26th through January 1st, millions of Black Americans will be celebrating “Kwanzaa”, which is widely known as a week-long “African-American Cultural Festive.”
Karenga, a noted atheist and Marxist, teaches that Kwanzaa is based on seven principles, which he calls the “Nguzo Saba” (the seven principles of African Heritage), which he alleges “is a communitarian African philosophy: the best of African thought and practice in constant exchange with the world.”
The seven principles of Kwanzaa are allegedly Swahili terms. Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to one of the principles:
- Dec. 26th, Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
- Dec. 27th, Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.
- Dec. 28th, 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.
- Dec. 29th, Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
- Dec. 30th, Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
- Dec. 31st, 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.
- Jan. 2st, Imani (Faith): To believe with all our hearts in God, our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
I have seen many attack Black Americans for celebrating Kwanzaa, because its founder is atheist and a confirmed Marxist. Others condemn it for different reasons.
I take a different approach.
I don’t have a problem with Black Americans who do choose to celebrate the principles of Kwanzaa. The main reason is because the principles are all quite conservative in nature, albeit I don’t know any Black Conservative who recognize Kwanzaa or celebrate it.
It does appear, therefore, to be a liberal outlet, so to speak.
That leads me to believe that Black liberals who are professing to embrace these so called principles are actually deceiving themselves, because liberalism is a direct affront to each of the principles taught in the Kwanzaa celebration. I would, quite honestly, be very excited, if liberals where to actually put into practice these principles which they so superficially celebrate.
For example, if liberals are sincere in wanting to “maintain unity in the family and nation”, why, then, do they not fiercely opposed the “Great Society” policies of the Democrat Party which have done more to break up and break down Black families than chattel slavery ever could?
I have never met a Black liberal who truly embraces the kind of self-determination Kwanzaa proposes, which calls for one to define themselves and speak for themselves. Black liberals have been indoctrinated by an ideology which makes it instinctive to malign, slander, and assassinate any idea, definition, or expression that does not espouse liberal Democrat policies.
Liberal Black Americans do not self-define. They are defined by the Democrat Party and they fight to promote those definitions.
Liberal Black Americans do not believe in “collective work and responsibility”. If they did, they would not spend the dollar bill outside of their communities after circulating it only one time (dollar velocity). Moreover, they would absolutely support free market solutions in business, education, and health care, which would result in a stronger local economy.
They don’t want to “solve problems together’, but want the government to solve their problems.
When I was growing up, most of the local businesses were owned by local residents. That quickly changed as I reached my teens. Now, most of the businesses owned in predominantly Black neighborhoods are owned and maintained by people who do not live in the community. In many instances, who are not even American? Here again, a glaring hypocrisy.
Restoring our people to our “traditional greatness”? I wonder if that includes the legacies of both African and African-Americans who espoused individual responsibility. Frederick Douglass once said: “A man may not get all that he deserves, but he must work for all that he gets”. That is a direct indictment of Obama’s HHS mandate, which strips Americans of the responsibility to work. Nothing great about that. Certainly nothing “authentically” Black or African about that. Most of all, nothing American about that.
Predominantly Black urban communities can reasonably be described as “war zones”. More citizens are murdered therein than both Iraq and Afghanistan combined. Although trillions of dollars in poverty funds have been allocated there over the past 47 years, these communities are not more “beautiful” than before the so called “war on poverty”, but are, in fact, worse than they were before the declared war on poverty.
Finally, there is the so called principle of “Faith”. I cannot accept that Black liberals believe in God with all their hearts, in their children, etc. Not when they are cooperating with the genocide of millions of unborn Black Children, fighting against school choice, and championing liberal democrat policies that are destined to deny our children of the opportunity to experience the kind of American exceptionalism that our Conservative forefathers fought to guarantee us.
Black conservatives, on the other hand, live every single one of the so-called principles of Kwanzaa. The difference is that we base our principles on the Word of God and the principles of the Constitution of the United States of American, which transcend culture or “color”.
We didn’t need to look for guidance from the roots of Marxism, no matter how appealing they may be on the surface. We know that it’s not real. The proof is in the hypocrisy of those who claim to practice Kwanzaa.
So, in the final analysis, my intent is not to condemn the one who claims to practice Kwanzaa for doing so. Instead, it is to call into question the hypocrisy of those who clearly do not practice what they preach.
Stacy M. Swimp is the president of the Frederick Douglass Society — a public policy and education institution that advocates for the freedom for all Americans to work and learn. Additionally, he is a spokesman for the Michigan Freedom to Work Coalition. Stacy is also the host of “Contagious Transformation,” a weekly conservative political commentary program on internet radio.