Today begins the first day of Kwanzaa and I read that the celebration of Kwanzaa is on the decline. Excuse me if I don’t shed a tear. I am one of those blacks who never bought into Kwanzaa. Aside from the fact that it is basically socialism hiding behind Kente cloth, it pales next to the rich religious history behind Christmas.
I, like many blacks in America don’t just see Christmas as a secular commercial holiday. I see Christmas as the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior with its timeless message to “Peace on Earth and Goodwill to Man”. When Christmas is viewed in this context, Kwanzaa comes up amazingly short.
In my entire life I have only known one black person who celebrated Kwanzaa. She was a teacher of African American studies and a flaming liberal. Although born and raised in Atlanta like her folks, this young lady fell hook line and sinker for the whole Kwanzaa is African scam.
It seems to me that Kwazaa has mostly survived today because to those who are overly gun ho about diversity. They put forth Kwanzaa on the same equal footing as Christmas and Chanukah, despite the fact that Kwanzaa is a made up holiday that never really caught on with the black community. I think when the diversity fad fades, Kwanzaa will disappear all together and I won’t shed a tear then either.