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MUSINGS IN Cb: “The Straw Man and Kwanzaa”

If you are reading this, you too are likely fortunate enough to have lived during various periods of black history and part of the Civil Rights Era in the USA.

Activism in that era was focused upon different issues than those we deal with today. It’s okay and necessary for us all to confront that difficult history, if we are to genuinely move past such limitations in our lifetime. 

To throw out negative reference to the Black Panthers (or use the term Black Separatist) to define someone without reference to that particular movement within proper context of the societal paradigm, is not a good thing because most people don’t know the actual history of that part of our 20th Century societal history in the USA. 

If you go back to that era as a reference, you may also ask: “Why were there ‘60s race riots at all?” Since I did not grow up in an urban environment during my youth, I personally had to read, research and subsequently learn this aspect of our history myself.  

However, even those facts do not negate the necessity for all of us to bluntly address those type social ills that many (red, yellow, black and white) are still uncomfortably dealing with objectively and in a proper contextual perspective. 

And, I know I am old enough to know that essential part of our national history from having been alive then and actually experiencing it. From such an informed perspective, I am skeptical of those who opinionatedly dismiss Kwanzaa as reverse racist, as not very genuine or contextual. 

If people will read all of the stated documentation and history, that says what Kwanzaa is about for themselves and then decide for themselves whether they will observe Kwanzaa or not, they would find only all positive attributes to meditate upon, regardless of our respective colors. 

My family tries to live by the type tenants Kwanzaa promotes each and every day of the year, but we do not officially celebrate Kwanzaa.

The positive aspects of Kwanzaa are based upon African communal values and deal with important issues in all aspects of our society, include attributes for all people to consider, and, especially provide positive tenants to inculcate within the inherent dynamics found within the modern black community. 

Celebrating such positive qualities and values by any group in any country, should be welcomed in context with the era. 

I agree with any of you (who despise racism of any form) and join you in your call – “Let’s stamp out racism in our lifetime”. 

Kwanzaa is not racist. 

We have to get past this type of reach, and on to the next level of dialog, if we are to move forward. 

Peace, Cb

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(“Straw man” = By exaggerating, misrepresenting, or just completely fabricating someone’s argument, it’s much easier to present your own position as being reasonable, but this kind of dishonesty serves to undermine honest rational debate.)