Kwanzaa celebration set for today, Sunday
The 21st annual Kwanzaa Celebration sponsored by the Nia Cultural Center begins today at the Old Central Cultural Center, 2627 Ave.
Join the discussion below, or Read more at The Galveston County Daily News.
#1 Dec 27, 2009
what are they celebrating ?
arabs are still using them for slaves.
them niccas be stupid fo sho
#2 Dec 27, 2009
At least show us some clips of the event. It makes me wonder, is it because there was shut a low turn out?
#3 Dec 27, 2009
Kwanzaa is another example of the self defeating idea among some African Americans that it is useful to separate themselves from mainstream culture. They want their own English (ebonics), their own holidays, their own universities, etc. Worst of all is the accusation that being intelligent is “acting white”. Every other ethnic group has embraced acculturation and has benefited immensely from it. As long as African Americans continue to try to separate themselves, they will continue to be at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder in America".
Black Americans have 400 years of culture that has evolved in this country. It is disingenuous to even suggest that black enslaved Africans and their descendants are without values, mores, folkways and traditions. They are just plain and simple not exclusively African. Many values and traditions are...but they are diffused just as the world cultures are diffused. It has been the sub-cultures of various ethnic groups that have made this to be what has become America. And blacks have played a greater part as any. Trying to make them African is wishful thinking. If anyone deserves to be called an American, blacks would be the first in line. They gave so much and they have contributed so much.
All due respect to those who want to be Africanized.. But to many, as have been written, "this is my country and from here to eternity, black I will be. Not an African but a black American of Sub Saharan African ethnicity...unequal to no one. And not allowing anyone to hyphenate me. Proud of my African ethnicity, and prouder yet of the struggles and accomplishment of my enslaved and free ancestors. Black and Proud I will always be."
Many young blacks have been lost while some apparently misguided individuals were concentrating on trying to be Africanized rather than trying to instill in the youth pride and patriotism associated with being an American. So the youths ventured out and became gangsters, filled the prisons, and purveyors of rap; as one writer put it the "dregs of the cultural slop bucket". Role models weren't needed, but people with positive images were. The problem with the role model theory is that anyone can be a role model. That became part of the problem. Positive images that say I'm black and I'm proud is needed again, while at the same time, instilling what it means to be a proud black American with 400 years as a part of the development of this still evolving nation.
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