The Kwanzaa Con: A Fake Holiday Created by a Rapist and Torturer

Kwanzaa, the purported “African” holiday celebrated only in the United States, is the ultimate politically correct holiday. It is little observed, even by our African American community, of course, but those that do celebrate it are wholly unaware that the faux holiday was created by a man with a very troubled past. For Kwanzaa’s creator, Maulana Karenga, has a violent criminal record, is a racist, and even a rapist.

Each year, with the onset of Christmas, we are treated to another gauzy, fluff piece about how great Kwanzaa is by yet another PC spewing columnist. This year, among many others, we find aggrandizement such as that in The Telegraph from Macon, Georgia with, “Annual Kwanzaa celebrations highlight arts, community and history,” and the Dallas Morning News with its titled,”Look forward to Kwanzaa celebrations with storytelling, music and more.” We even find such helpful sites as’s, “Kwanzaa Resources for Teachers.” Yes, the world is filled with celebratory lionization of Kwanzaa.

Several years ago, the Houston Chronicle got in the act with a piece by Leslie Casimir titled “Learning about Kwanzaa from the holiday’s creator.” This one, though, was a bit off the usual track of the how-great-is-Kwanzaa theme because this particular piece celebrated the inventor of the faux holiday, Maulana Karenga, himself. So, instead of merely celebrating the manufactured holiday, Casimir amazingly made a hero of the rapist, race monger and violent thug who created it! To Casimir, Kwanzaa creator “Maulana Karenga” was a hero.

To further the story about how wonderful Karenga was, Casimir also found a gullible parent who, with kid in tow, went to see the great man at a local community center.

Thomasine Johnson needed to get the record straight about Kwanzaa, a cultural holiday steeped in African traditions that celebrates family, ethnic pride and community.

With her 11-year-old grandson in tow, the Missouri City interior designer on Saturday brought her video camera to S.H.A.P.E. community center to hear from Father Kwanzaa “Maulana Karenga” in the flesh.”

But just like the manufactured holiday he invented out of whole cloth, this “Maulana Karenga” is also a false front created out of fluff and nonsense. As it happens his real name is not “Maulana Karenga,” but is instead Ronald McKinley Everett, AKA Maulana Ron Karenga, AKA Maulana Karenga. We’ll soon see that subterfuge, reinvention and smoke-and-mirrors are Karenga’s stock in trade.

In her piece, Casimir gave us her version of the history of this “holiday.” And the artifice has but a short history, at that.

Created in 1966 by Karenga, a professor of black studies at California State University at Long Beach, Kwanzaa was born out of the black freedom movement of the 1960s, when the Watts riots rocked Los Angeles. It starts the day after Christmas and ends on the first day of the new year.

Interestingly, Casimir employed the euphemism “black freedom movement” to describe the ideology of the group that Ronald McKinley Everett “Karenga” belonged to when he created Kwanzaa. In the 60s, Karenga was in an organization called US (as in “us” — blacks — against “them” — whites). US was a black power militant group that he founded, one that frequently clashed in violence with police and even other black power groups. Members of his group even killed two Black Panthers in 1969.

Yes, kindly professor Maulana Karenga, the murder-touting, segregationist, racist. What a role model for the kiddies he is, eh?

Casimir seemed not to understand why people would doubt this man, though.

Still, many people don’t know much about Kwanzaa or the elusive Karenga, who shuns giving interviews to the mainstream press.

Well, it’s not surprising that he doesn’t want to give too many interviews what with his record as a violent felon and sexual criminal. And Karenga has a long criminal record. In 1971, for instance, Everett served time in jail for assault. By then Everett had changed his name to Maulana Ron Karenga and began to affect a pseudo African costume and act the part of a native African — even though he had been born in the USA.

It wasn’t mere assault Karenga was convicted of, either. It was the sexual assault and even torture that he perpetrated against some of his own female followers. At the time, The L.A. Times reported that he placed a hot soldering iron in one woman’s mouth and used a vise to crush another’s toe, of all things.

As writer Lynn Woolley wrote of Professor Karenga:

And so this is Kwanzaa. The militant past of the creator is now ignored in favor of the so-called seven principles of Nguza Saba, principles such as unity, family and self-determination that could have come from Bill Bennett’s Book of Virtues. The word “Kwanzaa” is Swahili, meaning something like “fresh fruits of harvest.”

No one remembers the part about “re-Africanization” or the sevenfold path of blackness that Dr. Karenga once espoused. Hardly anyone remembers the shootings, the beatings, the tortures and the prison terms that were once the center of his life. It’s just not PC to bring that sort of stuff up now that Kwanzaa is commercialized and making big bucks.

But, Casimir offers us Karenga’s prattle anyway, treating it as the advice of a sage:

“As part of the black freedom movement, we were using this to return to our history and culture,” Karenga said.

He spoke to a crowd of about 100 people ” young and old ” at the Third Ward community center, headed by Deloyd Parker, an avid promoter of Kwanzaa’s Afrocentric traditions and beliefs.

“We have to wake up that history, we have to remember ourselves in a more expansive way,” Karenga said. “To liberate ourselves as ghetto dwellers.”

In a day when the black middle class numbers in the millions and when more whites than blacks voted for a black man for president, for “Karenga” to claim that blacks are still relegated to the “ghettos” smacks of race baiting and trying to “keep hope alive” so that he can continue to cause hatred between whites and blacks. And each year the Old Media is all too happy to assist him in his faux “holiday” endeavor.

Happy Kwanzaa, indeed!

But maybe not everyone is fooled by a faux holiday created by a criminal? Last year, for instance, Kalamazoo, Michigan decided to dispense with its public Kwanzaa celebration. In fact, few cities worry over much about this holiday these days, though some still do.

Even some African Americans are not fooled into accepting Kwanzaa. As Jenice Armstrong from Philadelphia wrote in 2010, the “truth is that Kwanzaa has never caught on with the majority of black Americans.”

Of course if it wasn’t for an Old Media establishment that has given Karenga’s criminality a wholesale whitewashing, this faux holiday could never have gained as little traction it has. Put it this way, imagine if famed Ku Klux Klan member David Duke had created a holiday. Do you think the Old Media would have happily sold his creation to a misinformed public without mentioning Duke’s personal history? Not a chance, and rightfully so.

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  • Commander_Chico

    Giving it attention only sustains it. Especially complaints from crackers.

    • How racist of you.

      • Commander_Chico

        I’m white and I’m taking ownership of “cracker.” Just like NWA.

        • Retired military

          So you are saying that Sharpton and Jackson and Oprah, etc etc are just sustaining racism?

          Speaking of racism aren’t the people below just sustaining it by talking about it?

          “As I said before, try answering what people say, and not try to put words in others’ mouths, debate goes better” – Chico, Famed Wizbangblog poster

          How about practising what you preach Chico.

          1 Oprah,the Lamestream media, Reid, Pelosi, and other major dems have called people racist simply because they oppose Obama’s
          policies. Yet when they oppose those same policies when espoused by Bill, Hillary. Reid, Pelos, Gore, Kerry, etc etc they weren’t considered racist then by Oprah, etc etc (I don’t know isn’t good enough)
          Do you feel that it is because the left is just playing the race card?

          2. People were called racist anarchist terrorists when they tried to delay Obamacare yet Al Franken who did the same thing wasn’t called Racist. Do you feel that it is because he is a democrat and the people doing the call just playing the race card because that is all they have?

          3. People were called racist anarchist terrorist when they called for the delay of all or part of Obamacare and Obama who is unconstitutionally doing the same thing is not called a racist anarchist terrorist. Do you feel that it is because he is a democrat and the people doing the calling are just playing the race card because that is all they have?

          • Commander_Chico

            Do Jackson and Sharpton and Oprah celebate Kwanzaa?

            Sharpton and Jackson are Christian ministers, aren’t they?

            I don’t even think Kwanzaa is really racist, just lame.

          • warnertoddhuston

            I am pretty sure they are Satanists, not Christians. 😉

          • jim_m

            The entire premise is racist and based on a desire to segregate blacks from the rest of society.

          • Commander_Chico

            Maybe you’re right. I think there are about 37 people who celebrate it, though.

          • jim_m

            I think that 37 is probably a very high estimate.

          • Retired military

            I never said that they celebrate Kwanzaa.

            Here is some advice for you Chico

            “As I said before, try answering what people say, and not try to put words in others’ mouths, debate goes better” – Chico, Famed Wizbangblog poster

        • Vagabond661

          We prefer the term “cracka”.

        • It doesn’t matter your ethnicity, you’re still a racist.

  • 914

    Nowadays he interprets for the President.

  • Brucehenry


    • 914

      As the saying goes. Don’t let the door hit ya in the ass on the way out.

      • I’ve offered to help him find the door at least a dozen times. He prefers to remain a kvetching whining useless sod.

  • GarandFan

    As a former cop, I can tell you that we used to laugh our asses off when anyone mentioned Ronny Everett, AKA “Dr. Maulana Karenga” professor of “Black Studies”.

    I’ve often wondered if King Barack the Magnificent ever took a lead off Everett. “Just makin’ shit up!”

    • truthisliberty

      Obama endorsed this fraud because obama is a fraud himself.

  • Paul Hooson

    That’s pretty bad being a torturer and a rapist, as well as making up holidays. – Most guys don’t try to be a jack of all trades and specialize in just one area….

  • jim_m

    What is silly about Kwanzaa is that blacks don’t celebrate it. The only people who get bent about making sure Kwanzaa is celebrated is self-loathing, PC, white progressives who are terrified that they will be perceived as intolerant if they don’t recognize a special holiday for every minority group.

    If you took out my company’s HR dept, you’d remove every last person that even thought about Kwanzaa from the 50,000+ employees we have.

  • Vagabond661

    “Festivus for the rest of us!”

    • Jwb10001

      Time for the airing of greivences…. I’ll start, 60% of the words in the english dictionary are misspelled….. oh crap we already covered that…..

    • truthisliberty

      Jesus Christmas to know what’s up!

  • Lawrence Westlake

    “Created in 1966 by Karenga, a professor of black studies at California State University at Long Beach, Kwanzaa was born out of the black freedom movement of the 1960s, when the Watts riots rocked Los Angeles.” That passage alone tells you all you need to know about this faux holiday.

  • TheVala

    Wait until you found out about the real history of Christmas…not much better than Kwanzaa, bloodier even.

    • You ass u me an ignorance of history which is not typically on display here (with the noteworthy exception of our progtard contingent) on Wizbang.

      • TheVala

        I like how easy it is to push your buttons. If anyone says anything you disagree with, you degenerate into an ad hominem spewing hatemonger. It’s lovely to watch.

    • truthisliberty

      Jesus is the greatest gift, who shed his blood to liberate filthy soul’s and make them as white as snow.

    • Kyandrea Joyner

      Finally, someone addressed this faux holiday as well. Can’t address one without the other.