This year I have decided to be a little bit sweeter in my defenses of Kwanzaa. So I'm basically going to do a roundup for you so that you can sniff out the haters with a bit of facility. My basic response, which I haven't quite written up yet will be something to the effect that we should pray for people who feel the need to attack Kwanzaa. Maybe that will be my Kwanzaa prayer.
All of the essays and background are in the Kwanzaa category that I organized last year. I'll find some way to make it prominent.
Anyway I've discovered that Technorati is actually working on Cobb now, and this new blog has finally gotten most of the links that went to the old Cobb. I'm still short about 100. Last March before I switched over to Typepad I was a Large Mammal and had over 250. So I'm crawling back slowly. So I may not make as big an impact as I should. One of these days I'll get a marketing department. In the meanwhile let me introduce you to the first propagandist, Mr. Minority who says:
What bothers me most about Kwanzaa is that duped people and the Gov't (US Postal Kwanzaa stamps) are starting to give legitimacy to this racist 'holiday' without acknowledging it's background and purpose. It is not a 'holiday' which all people can celebrate, it is a holiday for Blacks to separate themselves from the rest of America.
On the off chance that Mr. Minority is not beyond redemption let us take a moment to recall that the background and purpose of black consciousness movement was to devise a way for African Americans to break the Negro Church Monopoly. It's what people do who want to separate church and state. Kwanzaa was one of the most successful artifacts of the black consciousness movement. Now there may be some of you who remain convinced that having a black consciousness movement in and of itself is racist. I would politely remind you that the alternative is permanent dependence. Blackfolks, my family included decide it best to take care of our own in ways the black church hadn't and the rest of America wouldn't or couldn't. So be careful where you tread on that one. We're all better for it, and that's the truth.