Kanye West has lit a fire online once again, this time when he questioned what “Kwanzaa” was and who created the holiday. It’s a curious question for many, and that’s not the first time Kwanzaa has been a topic of discussion lately. It recently started when Kamala Harris claimed she grew up celebrating Kwanzaa with her entire family. Many people thought she was exaggerating those stories since they did not invent the holiday until 1966, and the only old holiday pictures Kamala has ever shared were of Christmas.
She’s shared no Kwanzaa photos with her family.
Here’s what Kamala said about her family celebrating Kwanzaa:
“When I was growing up, Kwanzaa was a special time. Friends and family members would fill our home. We would listen to the elders tell stories and watch them light the candles on the kinara. During dinner, we would discuss the seven principles. My favorite principle is the second: Kujichagulia (self-determination). This principle is about having the power to design your own life and determine your own future. It’s a deeply American principle. From our family to yours, happy Kwanzaa.
Kwanzaa is a holiday grounded in Marxist principles, created by a professor who claimed to be a black nationalist.
Daily Wire reported that on Wednesday, rap icon Kanye West, who confused many of his followers when he acted in a friendly manner toward former President Trump, issued a tweet (later deleted) in which he questioned the validity of the holiday Kwanzaa.
Black activist Maulana Karenga created Kwanzaa in 1966; in 1971 he was convicted of felonious assault and false imprisonment. He currently serves as chairman of the Africana Studies Department at California State University, Long Beach. The Kwanzaa festival is observed starting the day after Christmas for 7 days, and involves celebrating seven Swahili values; a candle is lit each day on a candleholder.
“They teach black kids Kwanzaa at Sierra Canyon,” West wrote, referring to a private school in Chatsworth. “What the f*** is Kwanzaa and who made that bulls*** up?” West wrote in an Instagram post. “Everyone lives in LA for the check anyway so no one really cares about their children being indoctrinated.”
Apparently referring to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, he added, “Let’s see if I can get blocked by Mark again.”
Kanye West is one of the realest to ever do it.
“What the fuck is Kwanzaa and who made that bullshit up” pic.twitter.com/U3S7XbeE1H
— Patriot J 🔥 (@sirhottest) September 1, 2022
Kanye’s “blocked by Mark” reference above is referring to Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook, who have suspended him in the past.
As far as Kanye’s Kwanzaa comment, there were mixed reviews online. Many people claimed Kanye is a hypocrite since he “made up” his own church, and they also believe Kwanzaa is rooted in African culture and it’s a positive thing. Others believe it’s a communist movement, much like Black Lives Matter, and it creates more division.
But one thing is certain, Kanye definitely got people talking.
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