In a diplomatic nod to political-correctness, President Trump rang in the African-American “holiday” of Kwanzaa on Tuesday by issuing a statement.
“Today marks the first day of Kwanzaa, a weeklong celebration of African American heritage and culture,” the statement reads. “Together, let us celebrate during this joyous time the richness of the past and look with hope toward a brighter future. As families and friends join to light the Kinara, Melania and I extend our warmest wishes for a joyful holiday season and a prosperous year to come.”
INBOX: Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Kwanzaa pic.twitter.com/3iUxqFqX95
— Allan Smith (@akarl_smith) December 26, 2017
In 1966, Kwanzaa was created by ex-convict Maulana Ndabezitha Karengahese, 76, currently a professor of Africana studies at California State University. Once known as Ronald Everett before changing his name in the 60’s, Karengahese is the former leader of the US Organization, a black nationalist cult, and was convicted in 1971 for the brutal torture of two naked women.
According to an LA Times story published in 1971 and quoted in a Daily Caller piece outlining the sordid history of Karengahese and his holiday, “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.” The victim “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.”
“Police were told that one of Miss Jones’ toes was placed in a small vise which then allegedly was tightened by one of the defendants. The following day Karenga allegedly told the women that ‘Vietnamese torture is nothing compared to what I know.’ Miss Tamayo reportedly put detergent in their mouths, Smith turned a water hose full force on their faces, and Karenga, holding a gun, threatened to shoot both of them,” the story continued.
Before committing his heinous crime, Karengahese decided to make up a holiday and, according to the Daily Caller, base it on the seven principles of the Symbionese Liberation Army, that brutal gang of thugs responsible for the 1974 kidnapping of newspaper heiress Patty Hearst. The principles are, “unity, self-determination, collective work, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith in ourselves,” virtually identical to the principles of the SLA, which are “unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative production, purpose, creativity and faith.”
Today, Kwanzaa is celebrated by anywhere from 1 to 5 percent of African-Americans, but nevertheless must be treated as a legitimate holiday by politicians lest the politically-correct powers-that-be call them racists, or something.
In 2011, then-private businessman Donald Trump tweeted a criticism of President Obama for issuing a statement about Kwanzaa but skipping Christmas, calling it a “convenient mistake.”
Before Trump issued the statement, it was clear that libs were salivating to criticize the president for not acknowledging the “holiday.”
He’s been hammered for every possible real and even made-up slight to the gods of PC, so perhaps Trump decided to pick his battles this time.
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