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First Fruits and New Wheels

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Written by Basil on 12/27/2005 10:38 PM. Filed under:

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I just spent fifteen irretrievable minutes of my life reading the Official Kwanzaa Web Site (sic), administered by the professor of Black Studies, Dr. Maulana Karenga. Presumably, he has a Ph.D. in Black Studies or some related field. I think my attitude towards this holiday can be summed up in this injunction from Dr. Karenga:

you should not mix the Kwanzaa holiday or its symbols, values and practice with any other culture. This would violate the principles of Kujichagulia (Self-Determination) and thus violate the integrity of the holiday.

Organic holidays get mixed with all kinds of cultural practices. This is what gives them their organic quality. The above injunction,1991 Jeep Wrangler (stock photo) from the gentleman who made up Kwanzaa forty years ago, reveals why it is still a political statement rather than a “cultural celebration,” one not celebrated by any African American I’ve ever known. I could go on, but my ethnic heritage would probably make such a discourse unseemly in today’s cultural climate.

On a happier theme: I am now in possession of a 1995 Jeep Wrangler. It’s forest green, unlike the stock photo shown here. Momentarily, I will have photos up. I’ll have to use the old camera that sucks or buy a new one, since I’ve apparently lost the Fujifilm that was so cool.

Happy Saint Stephen’s Day to Fr. Stephen Freeman and Karl and anyone else sharing the name of the protodeacon and protomartyr.

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One Response to “First Fruits and New Wheels”

  1. Mimi Says:

    Enjoy the new wheels!