Doesn't Bush know that Kwanzaa is a made up holiday by some convicted criminal who use to teach at Berkley I believe.
Bush is not a criminal that got arrested when he had his daughters in the car while he was driving under the influence of alcohol?
In any case what do character assassinations have to do with the merits of a holiday? btw, he (Malauna Karenga) is a UCLA professor and text book writer, not Berkley.
Point being, if someone starts off with the typical white conservative arrogant premise that African Americans should not endorse anything African or African heritage then it does not matter if a Holiday was ‘made up’ or long standing, all that matters is that it is African and supposedly ‘divisive.’
If African Americans started to celebrate the Ethiopian New Year Meskerem which is September 11th (Meskerem 1st), which is long standing and centuries old, I very much doubt that the complaints will cease.
such a phoney holiday, and one that does nothing to knock down the barrier between the races.
Who said it was the role, intention, or duty of this holiday to knock down the barrier between the races? What race has a holiday that is dedicated to that? Is it the intention of Columbus day or Thanksgiving to knock down racial barriers? Is it the role of the Chinese New Year, Hanukkah, or pass over to knock down racial barriers? No. Each of these holidays correctly celebrates the culture and faith of the people that observe these holidays (and some of them like Columbus and Thanksgiving seriously offend other communities that do not observe them). So why should Kwanza be any different? If you read Bush’s comment’s closely you will see that he points out that one of the principles is self-determination (Kujijaculia in Ki-Swahili), so that would imply that a people have a right to create and celebrate their own holidays, rites, rituals and culture as they see fit. It is not the prerogative of others to determine that for them.
If you don’t like the food, don’t go to the restaurant. If you don’t like the singer, don’t go to the concert. If someone does not like Kwanza, no one is forcing them to celebrate it (I myself do not celebrate it). But leave the folks alone who do chose to celebrate it.