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December 30, 2005

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This is a very interesting post Danny... A very dear friend of mine since the late 60's, did celebrate Kwanza and she also belonged to a group of women who celebrated helping people of color less fortunate than themselves, in keeping with the seven tenents as you described..and they did a lot of "good works"...
Coulter, of course is a frightening person to me...I'd like to say Crazy Person..(I do think she is pretty nuts when it comes to her beliefs..) and I remember Ron Karenga from back in those days...And I also remember how The Black Panthers were constantly being discredited and written about in a way that had very little to do with what they actually did....and, incidentally, the friend I'm talking about, by the way, is the same woman that I wished Happy Birthday to, waaaay back in the early days of my blog, that you asked me about...Hazel...I love and respect her with all my being..she has taught me a lot and been a truly wonderful friend to me...so I take what she does, seriously..she is smart and 'involved'...

If anyone or anything should be discredited, it's that rabel rousing hate monger Ann Coulter...(Matt Lauer's flirtashishness not withstanding...put that down to his giddyness at turning 48, I guess...lol)

But....DO research more about Kwanza...as you said, just taking these Seven principals on face value..I wish we ALL lived like that, don't you? The world might truly be a better place....

Great post, my dear Danny!

You might check out LaShawn Barber's blog. Karenga was a nasty fellow, and LaShawn shares some of the details of his conviction for torturing women- a few years after he invented Kwanza.

Hello,
I came across your blog and enjoyed reading your post. There are lots of people that celebrate Kwanzaa and your right there are lots of black people who do not. My partner is not jewish, she has celebrated Kwanzaa for years. She does not celebrate Christmas because she does not consider herself a Christian so Kwanzaa is the perfect holiday.

This year has been really special and interesting because in our home we have a Hanukkah Menorah and a Kanorah (sp). Kind of feels like a big fire hazard :-)and yesturday evening we lit the Shabbat candles, we had 14 candles going at once.

At first I was very skeptical because I did not know anything about Kwanzaa and had some of the same concerns that you addressed in your blog. Since learning about the holiday I have found it to be pretty amazing, and your right one cannot argue with the 7 tenets of Kwanzaa.

One more thing, my Rabbi who is also a very good friend of mine, before he went to Rabbinical school was a public school teacher in New Orleans, he helped to introduced a Kwanzaa curriculum in his school.

More people have wished me a "Happy Channuka" this year than ever before. It's no mystery that I'm Jewish--I wear a yarmulke to work. But these same people in years past have wished me a "Merry Christmas," so it's a little surprising to hear them changing their tunes this year.

I assume it has much to do with the "war on Christmas" and Political Correctness, so I'll take it for what it's worth. They are more "aware" of my not celebrating Christmas and having my own holiday.

How do I feel about it? Beats me. I'm not one to push my religion on others. My partners and employees are all Christian. Our office is full of Christmas decorations. There are no Menorahs up. I keep my religion at home and in my community, despite the yarmulke.

I don't need people to wish me a happy channuka. I would have preferred a few weeks ago if they had wished me a "Happy New Year" around Rosh Hashana time, since that's a more important holiday to me, but it received no news coverage in my town and nobody seemed to know about it. Also, Happy Passover instead of Happy Easter next year would be nice. I guess I'm glad I get less "Merry Christmas's" now, but I still answer "Merry Christmas to you too."

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