Archive for December 28th, 2005

Blacks, Christianity, And Kwanzaa

By Chance,


AfricaChance: The big debate about Kwanzaa keeps manifesting throughout America among blacks, whites, and colored racial groups. Many whites don’t care for Kwanzaa and also many blacks don’t like Kwanzaa in my opinion the reason that many blacks don’t like Kwanzaa is because they are hooked on Christianity. And they fear that if they celebrate Kwanzaa they are not going to be allowed into heaven by God.

Many blacks call Kwanzaa a pagan holiday and claim that Kwanzaa is trying to replace Christmas. But Kwanzaa is not a religion and it is not trying to compete with Christianity some blacks even claim that because the black slaves came from West Africa the descendants of these slaves should not practice Kwanzaa. Why? Because these slaves came from West Africa and the principles that Kwanzaa is built upon are principles and beliefs taken from East Africa.

Kwanzaa is indeed influenced by East African culture and the Swahili language the African countries of Tanzania and Kenya both speak swahili and – these two countries are located in East Africa. It is ridiculous for blacks living in America to say they don’t like Kwanzaa because it came from east Africa instead of West Africa why do I say this?

Christianity Was In The East African Country Of Ethiopia Before It spreaded To Europe And West Africa

Because black Americans practice Christianity and it was the white Europeans who introduced Christianity to black West Africans and the descendants of black West African slaves. Now Ethiopia was a Christian country before West Africa received Christianity – Ethiopia also had black Jews called Falashas living among them. Ethiopia is located in east Africa and Ethiopia was a Christian country before any West African country every became a Christian country. Ethiopia was a Christian country before White Europe became a Christian continent.

Ethiopian Christianity is older than European Christianity the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, whose 4th Century beginnings came long before Europe accepted Christianity. Also before Ethiopia became Christian they practiced Judaism. Now not all Ethiopians were Jewish but many of them were and Judaism became a very powerful religious force in ancient Ethiopia.

Of course Ethiopians have always had people who were animist animism means the belief in the existence of individual spirits that inhabit natural objects and phenomena. Some Ethiopians believed in tree spirits, animal spirits, etc. The fact is that for certain black Americans to criticize Kwanzaa because it is based upon east African traditions shows a lack of knowledge on the part of these particular black Americans.

Because Ethiopia is in East Africa and it was a Christian country before Europe. So should Black Americans say well because Christianity was in East Africa first and because we are descendants of West African Slaves we should not practice Christianity because it was in east Africa first?

You see what I mean readers, well it is the same thing with Kwanzaa yes it has a lot of  east African influence that is irrelevant – what is relevant is do those who practice Kwanzaa receive some moral inspiration and does it help them become better people.

Black American Christians were taught Christianity by Whites now as we all know Europe is located North of Africa. Europe is a totally different continent from Africa now why do Black American Christians continue to practice Christianity when it was taught to them by the white race. And, the white race is from Europe but these black American Christians don’t complain about the Christianity that the white race gave them through slavery.

But Europe is a totally different location but Black American continue too accept Christian religion that whites gave them. At least East Africa is located in Africa the reality is as long as Kwanzaa is helping make better moral human beings out of blacks who practice it that’s all that matters.

I feel also that many Black Americans are just afraid to explore out side of what they know – and this fear of exploring can hold them back in certain situations. If you explore and you don’t like it then return to what you left. Now you should not get into things that you can’t return from.

There is nothing wrong with exploring and ending up being prodigal as long as you can make the return back to where you came from. Blacks who don’t like Kwanzaa should leave other people who enjoy Kwanzaa alone. 


White Anger Over Kwanzaa

Chance: Well, Well, Well, what are my feelings and observations about why certain whites are angry about Kwanzaa being celebrated by some Blacks?  Honestly I feel that the anger certain whites have over Kwanzaa has nothing to do with Kwanzaa – it has a lot to do with the racial group that started Kwanzaa as we know Kwanzaa was introduced to America by a black man named Dr. Maulana Karenga.

Kwanzaa is celebrated by some black Americans and it is this reason mainly that has certain whites angry at Kwanzaa – Kwanzaa being celebrated by blacks in America is a sign that Black Americans are moving ahead and creating their own destiny.

Many white Americans feel very intimidated when they see Blacks inserting their influence into American culture.
Blacks started out with nothing and were slaves then slavery ended, and then there was one hundred years of segregation under the Jim Crow laws, then the success of the civil rights Movement which gave Black Americans their voting rights and other civil privileges. During the entire 20th century blacks began to dominate sports that once were only dominated by whites’ example football, Boxing, Baseball, Basketball, running track in the Olympics and winning, etc.

Blacks also stared dominating Music and setting trends when it came to clothing styles black even now show their power in politics, education, economics, whites have lost a lot because they use to be the only force in these social areas of American life.

Whites are even losing the culture war to blacks and this can be seen all over America many ethnic groups have many young adults, teenagers, and kids who admire black culture. Whether it is an admiration for black Sub culture or black general culture the fact of the matter is that it is black culture that is being admired.

Whites are seeing themselves assimilated into the culture of another racial group just like those black African slaves filled with fear at seeing themselves being taught another language and culture. That was foreign to them now the descendants of black slaves are now showing the descendants of white slave Masters and whites in general what it feels like to be assimilated into the culture of another.

This is the LAW OF KARMA at work Black American culture is the only Culture that all racial groups in America assimilate openly without shame. Obverse whites and all of the colored racial groups they don’t imitate and assimilate each others culture very much unless in certain situations where they have no choice. 

But if you observe whites and colored racial groups closely they assimilate black culture publicly. But still there are many whites who don’t want black culture to continue to become the dominant central culture of America. But they can’t stop it and Kwanzaa is just the latest and most recent addition to black culture and Kwanzaa is gaining power and influence among black Americans.

The fact is Kwanzaa is a sign of Blacks moving ahead with their own destiny in America a destiny not beholden to White America and this convinces whites that they are gradually losing power over the Black race.

Kwanzaa is not a religion Kwanzaa is about teaching respect, dignity, integrity, unity, love of community, love of family, and self discipline.   


(The Seven Principles)

Umoja (Unity)
To strive for and 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 brother’s and sister’s 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.

By Chance (Chancellor)
Written during the 21st century by chance.