It's that time of year again - time to debunk Kwanzaa
Paul Mulshine/The Star Ledger By Paul Mulshine/The Star Ledger
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on December 20, 2013 at 11:28 AM, updated December 20, 2013 at 3:41 PM
bh1201kwanzaa.jpgA Kwanzaa celebration
It's that time of year again - the time when lazy journalists go out and write puff pieces about a fake African holiday created by a psychopath who tortured black women.
If these characters would just do a Google search on Kwanzaa, they could find the truth about it in this link to a column I did debunking it.
My in-depth article on this originally ran in FrontPage Magazine back in 2002. It's easily found on the Internet by any journalist willing to do the tiniest bit of research into Kwanzaa. At the time I had to pore through a year's worth of microfilm to find the original Los Angeles Times articles on the case. That took hours. These days It's available online.
I also dug up the legal record of the case that included a mental examination that showed Karenga was delusional at the time of his imprisonment. It's all in that article. I like to link to it this time every year as a corrective to all of the dreadful journalism that occurs in every report of Kwanzaa.
If the media told the truth about Kwanzaa, then every right-thinking American would realize it's a fraud. Instead we get the same silly endorsement of this "African" feast that has nothing to do with Africa and everything to do with California in the 1960s.
For example, here's a typically clueless article from the Montclair Times about Kwanzaa ceremonies in Montclair. If the reporter had done his homework, he would have asked the people holding this ceremony why they were perpetuating a holiday begun by a man who did horrible things to his fellow African-Americans.
Instead it's just the usual happy talk.
Here's an excerpt from the article I did on Kwanzaa for FrontPage Magazine in which I commented on one of the first such reports, which appeared in the New York Times in 1971: If the reporter had bothered to do any research into the background of the Kwanzaa founder, he might have learned about Maulana Karenga's trial earlier that year on charges of torturing two women who were members of US (United Slaves), a black nationalist cult he had founded.
A May 14, 1971, article in the Los Angeles Times described the testimony of one of them: "Deborah Jones, who once was given the Swahili title of an African queen, said she and Gail Davis were whipped with an electrical cord and beaten with a karate baton after being ordered to remove their clothes. She testified that a hot soldering iron was placed in Miss Davis' mouth and placed against Miss Davis' face and that one of her own big toes was tightened in a vise. Karenga, head of US, also put detergent and running hoses in their mouths, she said."