The other day I came across an ad in the classified section of the aptly-named Richmond Hill Liberal placed by the Town of Richmond Hill. It featured a photo of the mayor and council with a message that read, “Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Kwanzaa.”
That’s not even just a b-list holiday, it’s a fake holiday. It’s a complete fabrication invented by Ron Everett, known today as Dr. Maulana Karenga.
In an interview, Karenga openly confessed that Kwanzaa is a fantasy, saying:
“People think it’s African. But it’s not. I wanted to give black people a holiday of their own. So I came up with Kwanzaa. I said it was African because you know black people in this country 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 would be partying!”
But it gets worse when you hear about Dr. Karenga’s resume. He’s not exactly the African version of Santa Claus.
Watch as I fill you in on Dr. Karenga’s history and tell you the truth about the fake holiday he created.
Since I knew this about Kwanzaa, I wanted to ask the mayor why he thought it was a good idea to spend taxpayer dollars to commemorate a fake holiday but his honour declined to return my call.
If he wants to celebrate a made-up holiday, he’s free to do so but he should do it on his own dime and not spend precious tax dollars championing a fake holiday that nobody in town celebrates in the first place.