Merry Kwanzaa or Whatever
December 30, 2013
If you didn’t know better you might think that the word Christmas was the dirtiest of dirty words and one not worthy of being uttered in public. Salvation Army bell ringers with their red kettles, Christmas carols, colored lights and Christmas trees are now increasingly considered to be “controversial.” Celebration of the ‘holidays’ abound but to actually spot the word Christmas is increasingly rare and worthy of notice. Both corporate America and government institutions have abandoned the spiritual, cultural and traditional celebrations of Christmas.
Instead, the Winter Holiday PC police prowl the nation threatening public schools who might dare to have red and green napkins at their annual holiday party during the Winter Break. Anything that might remotely trigger the word Christmas or conjure up images of a baby in a manger has become a target ripe for extermination. No longer are we treated to Merry Christmas at retailers but are forced to settle for a vague Happy Holidays as we rush to pick up our ‘holiday tree’ at the local haven of mass consumption. Of course, it would appear that the fact that the word holiday is a shortened version of holy day has escaped those seeking to purify the public spaces from the evils of Christianity. Just wait until they figure out that the fat, jolly man in the red suit is loosely associated with a 4th century bishop and saint. What a mess that will turn out to be.
But not only do our liberal masters demand the dilution of our current Christmas celebrations but the reverent celebration and commemoration of entirely new holidays to help replace it.
The following incident below took place a few years ago but I believe it is one worth sharing.
My business banked with Wells Fargo so I visited the local branch on a daily basis. As the formerly Christmas season was upon us they had put up some very generic signs up about the holidays in ‘non-Christmas colors’ and then had a big sign talking about Wells Fargo’s commitment to the seven principles of Kwanzaa. There are no references to Christmas whatsoever and the usual salute to the relatively minor Jewish holiday of Hanukkah was noticeably absent.
When I spoke with one of the tellers and mentioned their lack of Christmas references she proudly pointed out a newly erected Christmas tree as their commitment to Christmas. It was slowly and patiently explained to me that Kwanzaa is a ‘cultural’ holiday and not a religious one so it’s ‘ok’ for them to refer to it by name. She then proceeded to tell me about a number of complaints from customers that they had received in regards to their primary focus on Kwanzaa. Apparently, I was not the only one who remembered the reason for the season and what holiday the vast majority of Americans actually celebrate.
You have really got to hand it to those public relations experts at Wells Fargo. What a bunch of spineless, politically correct dolts. I wonder if they are aware that the founder of Kwanzaa rejected Christmas and believed that blacks shouldn’t celebrate a “white man’s holiday?” I, for one, proudly saluted Well’s Fargo Bank for performing exhaustive research in preparation for the annual ‘Christmas controversy.’
So as I returned to my local Wells Fargo bank the following day the Kwanzaa sign had been removed and I asked again if there had been some complaints. At this the teller stated that they were tired of the complaints and then she rather icily informed me that mine “had been the last straw”. Apparently Wells Fargo had not appreciated my informal research into the acceptance of Kwanzaa by the general public. And my earlier politely stated, but pointed complaint about this anti-white holiday designed by a neo-Marxist, celebrating black nationalism, and crafted to help diminish the Jewish-Christian heritage of this country was just enough to tip the balance. Chalk one up for Christmas.
Some may say that at best we may gain only small, paltry victories in our opposition to the gangs of grinches. The fact that there is a “Christmas controversy” at all reflects the spiteful vision and hateful pettiness of those who tirelessly toil to remove every vestige of Christianity, and religion in general, from the sight and sound of the average citizen. The concept that in this great country we have the freedom of religion, not the freedom from religion, seems to elude them. And so every victory in regards to this battle, whether big or small, is a sweet and important victory indeed.
So what is one to do but to personally take a few small, but courageous, steps to help fight off the stifling cultural tyranny by those who so desperately seek to drive Christ from Christmas. By standing up for principle, individually and collectively, the good guys might just win one once in a while.
“People think it’s African, but it’s not. I came up with Kwanzaa because black people wouldn’t celebrate it if they knew it was American. Also, I put it around Christmas because I knew that’s when a lot of Bloods were partying.” – Dr. Ron Karenga, the inventor of Kwanzaa
I’m tired of made up, racially based, politically correct, liberal crap and I’m not standing for it anymore or being quiet about it either. Enough is enough.
David Huntwork is a conservative activist, columnist, and the proud father of three daughters. The son, grandson, and great-grandson of Ministers of the Gospel he brings a unique blended background of theology and ideology to the great debates of the day. He believes that Faith, Family, and Freedom is the formula for success and the key to a good life and a healthy nation. David blogs at TheConservativeCitizen.com. You can contact him at Davehuntwork@juno.com.