Celebrate Kwanzaa 2012 with African Burial Ground National Monument, 12/28

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Kwanzaa is a week-long African American holiday observed from Dec. 26 through Jan.

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#1 Dec 21, 2012
Kwanzaa. Really?
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#5 Dec 22, 2012
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#6 Dec 22, 2012
Trayvons skittles wrote:
I used to think that Kwanzaa was a jewish holiday then I found out that it's a negro holiday and laughed.
You must of been jealous. bye hater.

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#7 Dec 22, 2012
will be having our own commemorative kwanzaa celebration in new orleans!!

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#8 Dec 23, 2012
dragonpat wrote:
will be having our own commemorative kwanzaa celebration in new orleans!!
Both of you?
KIP

San Francisco, CA

#9 Dec 23, 2012
I'm black and I don't celebrate Kwanzaa.

I tried attending Juneteenth celebrations some years ago, but they always ended up with groups of young black men shooting and fighting. I certainly wont be taking my son there this year. Hell, the Chinese New Years celebrations are way more diverse and have a lot more people attending, but NEVER the amount of violence as an event that mostly includes Black people. You can even drink and party on St. Patty's Day after that parade and still not catch a stray bullet or fist from some crazed negro.

Just some thoughts.
Here we go

Freeport, NY

#10 Dec 25, 2012
KIP wrote:
I'm black and I don't celebrate Kwanzaa.
I tried attending Juneteenth celebrations some years ago, but they always ended up with groups of young black men shooting and fighting. I certainly wont be taking my son there this year. Hell, the Chinese New Years celebrations are way more diverse and have a lot more people attending, but NEVER the amount of violence as an event that mostly includes Black people. You can even drink and party on St. Patty's Day after that parade and still not catch a stray bullet or fist from some crazed negro.
Just some thoughts.
Kwanzaa was always a peaceful celebration. Just because your celebration turned out that way doesn't mean other Kwanzaa celecbrations will. I don't do the St. Patrick parade. They all get drunk and start acting a fool too. So many people get arrested during the St. Pattys Day parade.

Since: Dec 12

Brewster, NY

#11 Dec 25, 2012
Trayvons skittles wrote:
I used to think that Kwanzaa was a jewish holiday then I found out that it's a negro holiday and laughed.
Kwanzaa just seems like a Jewish creation to make African Americans light candles like Jews of Hannukah with tiny bits of West African culture.

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#12 Dec 25, 2012
Kwanzaa is Bullshit
Kwanzaa- What Is It?
AKWANSOSEM AFRICAN STUDIES PROGRAM - OUTREACH, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON Vol. III, No. 2 - March, 1990
Kwanzaa - What is it?
Each December the Outreach Program receives numerous inquiries about the festival Kwanzaa. This celebration is not a festival originating in any of the 55 African countries nor is it an "African" Christmas celebration. Kwanzaa is an African-Americans celebration of life from 26 December to 1 January.
Dr. Maulana Karenga introduced the festival in 1966 to the United States as a ritual to welcome the first harvests to the home. Dr. Karenga created this festival for Afro-Americans as a response to the commercialism of Christmas. In fact one might say that Kwanzaa has similarities with Thanksgiving in the United States or the Yam Festival in Ghana and Nigeria. The word "kwanza" is a KiSwahili (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania) word meaning "first."
Five common sets of values are central to the activities of the week: ingathering, reverence, commemoration, recommitment, and celebration. The seven principles (nguzo saba) of Kwanzaa utilize Kiswahili words: unity (umoja), self-determination (kujichagulia), collective work and responsibility (ujima), cooperative economics (ujamaa), purpose (nia), creativity (kuumba), and faith (imani). Each of the seven candles signify the principles. Like the Jewish Hannakah, candles are used to represent concepts of the holiday.
The symbols of Kwanzaa includes crops (mzao) which represents the historical roots of African-Americans in agriculture and also the reward for collective labor. The mat (mkeka) lays the foundation for self- actualization. The candle holder (kinara) reminds believers in the ancestral origins in one of 55 African countries. Corn/maize (muhindi) signifies children and the hope associated in the younger generation. Gifts (Zawadi) represent commitments of the parents for the children. The unity cup (Kkimbe cha Umoja) is used to pour libations to the ancestors. Finally, the seven candles (mishumaa saba) remind participants of the severl pinciples and the colors in flags of African liberation movements -- 3 red, 1 black, and 3 green.
Gifts are exchanged. On 31 December participants celebrate with a banquet of food often cuisine from various African countries. Participants greet one another with "Habari gani" which is Kiswahili for "how are you/ how's the news with you?" For further information about Kwanzaa, write to the University of Sankore Press, 2540 W. 54th St., Los Angeles, CA 90043. A children's book about KWANSA by Deborah Newton Chocolate is available through Childrens' Press, 1990, Chicago.

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#13 Dec 25, 2012
If you are born in the USA you are an American no matter where you came from or what color you are. That is the law in the USA. Each country has their own laws and policy concerning immigration and one has to obey the law of that country. If people come from Germany they are Germans. Once they receive their citizenship they then become German-American but their children born in the USA are American and not German American. If a person were born in Kenya, Africa it would be more correct to say that person was a Kenyan. Once he received his citizenship he would be a Kenyan-American. His children born in this country would be Americans. The problem with black people is that they donít know what the hell country they came from in Africa or if they came from Africa. You understand Africa is a continent and not a country. Why black Americans want to refer to themselves as African-Americans is beyond me. White folks donít want to refer to themselves as European-Americans. We are all Americans and that fact should give all of us some pride.
down on de ole plantaion

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#14 Dec 25, 2012
Here we go wrote:
<quoted text> Kwanzaa was always a peaceful celebration. Just because your celebration turned out that way doesn't mean other Kwanzaa celecbrations will. I don't do the St. Patrick parade. They all get drunk and start acting a fool too. So many people get arrested during the St. Pattys Day parade.
"always"????? it only started about a year ago.and it is peaceful because nobody celebrates it, except white liberals and some tame gollies.
down on de ole plantaion

UK

#15 Dec 25, 2012
dragonpat wrote:
will be having our own commemorative kwanzaa celebration in new orleans!!
commemorative of what?

Since: May 08

Pacific Northwest

#16 Dec 25, 2012
Joe Chit wrote:
....White folks donít want to refer to themselves as European-Americans. We are all Americans and that fact should give all of us some pride.
Please stop the nonsense and quit trying to speak for people you don't even know.

I live in a part of the country where you can see:

* Homes with European national flags proudly mounted on poles in the front yard or at the side of the garage

* Bumper stickers with European flags or country codes or license-plate frames with humorous remarks such as "Warning: German Driver!"

* White folks casually calling themselves "Italian" or "Irish" or what have you.

Either you have experienced this yourself and are trying to ignore it (dishonesty) or you are just that unaware and ignorant. Either situation is offensive.
Down Low DuWayne

UK

#17 Dec 25, 2012
Harrisson wrote:
<quoted text>
Please stop the nonsense and quit trying to speak for people you don't even know.
I live in a part of the country where you can see:
* Homes with European national flags proudly mounted on poles in the front yard or at the side of the garage
* Bumper stickers with European flags or country codes or license-plate frames with humorous remarks such as "Warning: German Driver!"
* White folks casually calling themselves "Italian" or "Irish" or what have you.
Either you have experienced this yourself and are trying to ignore it (dishonesty) or you are just that unaware and ignorant. Either situation is offensive.
that's ok, we all come from real countries. not some tribal area. Africa isn't a country. England and France for eaxample are real countries that still exist and can be verified historically, while you people keep chimping about "land of Punt" and Ancient Egypt and other totally mythical places . there is no flag for the small area of W Africa you really came from. It wasn't a real country

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#18 Dec 25, 2012
It's called America for a reason you diversity angry ignorant rebel nothings. Read a little history of the place in which you dwell and enjoy and you'll begin to appreciate the struggles ALL people made to let you be fat happy and angry.

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