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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Kwanzaa

You may want to take away my black card for this one. Here goes: I don’t really care about Kwanzaa. There, I said it. Go ahead and jeer me and call me a sellout. Now, let me explain why. I used to participate peripherally, but haven’t for some time. Here’s my problem with it. It’s not a religious holiday. I can’t put it in the same category as Christmas or Hannukah because it’s not based on a faith. While I know, the practices surrounding the more traditional religions are not necessarily religious, the holiday itself is. Say what you will about Santa usurping Jesus, but there would be no Christmas without him. From what I can tell, Kwanzaa was created in 1966. I don’t know the details, and perhaps I should study them, but I can’t revere it as a holiday. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a wonderful concept, but I’m not completely sold.

That being said, if you want to get your Umoja, kujichagulia, ujima, ujamaa, nia, kuumba, and imani on, more power to you. I just can’t bring myself to be fully invested.

10 comments:

Jameil said...

I haven't kwanzaaed in a long time. i'm kind of intrigued by it, tho. kwanzaa might be able to get more play if it was a different time of year. every year i was the station reminder that today is the first day of kwanzaa. that was my black girl duty. lol YOU SELLOUT.

Jewelry Rockstar said...

Habari Gani, the black board is holding a special meeting tomorrow just for folks like you (Kwanzaa is a special time to post up and find those who need their license revoked). I'll submit your name for deblacktization, tonight and I might able to have you deblackitized at tomorrow's meeting. We'll see. You'll know they are coming if you hear p-funk and Teena marie blasting outside your window (I know Teena is not one of us, but we are the only ones who blast her music, hehehe).

Trish said...

When I was a preteen my dad tried to make us celebrate Kwanzaa and we all hated it. I think the fact that there was so much talking and sharing was the real agitator. Thankfully he caught on and stopped making us participate.

SincerelyGo said...

I'm sure more black folk don't celebrate this Holiday/Celebration thingy than you think. I never have and probably never will..NOW I SAID IT and I wish someone would try to take my black card! LOL

Sincerely,

Go

Adei von K said...

I've never been a fan of Kwanzaa. We were invited to a community celebration many years ago (I feel like I was 8) and even then, I was like, "yeah right, I'll pass"

♥PrettyPacino♥ said...

*dead* @ 'p-funk and Teena Marie lmao

But I've never celebrated Kwanzaa either. Nothing against it. In fact, I don't really know too much about it. My family's just always celebrated Christmas.

But I'm still Black and Proud! Lol♥

Nexgrl said...

I've never been a fan of Kwanzaa either, but then again, I'm not too fond of Christmas.

Tanyetta said...

Yeah, I completely understand.

p.s. Sellout! LOL

Minerva Exertion said...

I'm a sellout too! I never celebrated Kwanzaa either. Bleh! No thank you!

Rashan Jamal said...

@ Jameil - not a black girl duty... you are our spokesperson. LOL

@ Jewelry Rockstar - deblackitized? I'm rolling over here. LOL Wow - Teena been to the meetings and I didn't get invited. I better rethink Kwanzaa. LOL

@ Trish - all that talking is for the birds, especially when you are a kid.

@ Sincerely Go- YOINK (that's the sound of your black card being snatched.) Yeah, most people dont, but so called enlightened people such as myself usually pretend to.

@ Adei - maybe if there were gifts...

@ Pacino - I think the thing that gets me is that people try to make it replace Christmas... I'm down for both, well, no I'm not, but I could be.

@ Nexgrl - but its the most wonderful time of the year!!!

@ Tanyetta - I'm no sellout!!! Some of my best friends are black!!!

@ Minerva- I was all prepared for the hate comments, and I didn't get them.. but then again, I didn't say "bleh" like you. Let's all direct our black rage at Minerva. LOL