Kanye West: ‘What The F-ck Is Kwanzaa And Who Made That Bullsh-t Up?’
‘Woke’ culture certainly won’t appreciate this one! Famous rapper and longtime friend of former President Trump Kanye West drew attention from fans and others after he made a series of Instagram posts Thursday.
West took to Instagram seemingly to vent frustrations he is experiencing both on a macro and micro level in American culture, alluding to his concerns on the quality of education that his children and others are receiving in the Sierra Canyon school system.
“They teach black kids Kwanzaa at Sierra Canyon, What the f-ck is Kwanzaa and who made that bullsh-t up,” West wrote online. “Everyone lives in LA for the check anyway so no one really cares about their children being indoctrinated.”
Kanye West is one of the realest to ever do it.
“What the fuck is Kwanzaa and who made that bullshit up” pic.twitter.com/U3S7XbeE1H
— Patriot J 🔥 (@sirhottest) September 1, 2022
West, likely aware that his posts would cause anger in certain circles, wrote, “Let’s see if I can get blocked by Mark again :)” in the post’s caption. The rapper was likely referncing CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who owns the platform.
Kwanzaa, the ‘holiday’ West was referring to, has for a long time been heralded by some as a festival meant to unite the ‘unite the African American community.’ It originated in the 1960s from a professor of Black Studies in California named Maulana Karenga and copies various themes from both Christmas and Hanukkah alike.
In discussions pertaining to the alleged ‘holiday’, a piece of information often left out of the conversation is the less-academic part of Karenga’s background. The longtime professor has previously been convicted of multiple felonies because after he allegedly attacked numerous women. According to court testimonies, women who suffered under Karenga’s wrath had been whipped with cords, beaten with batons, and seared with irons — all of whom were naked at the time.
This was covered in the Los Angeles Times:
Two years ago, more than a decade after college, I was commissioned to write about the history of Kwanzaa. That’s when I learned that Karenga had been convicted of heinous felonies. Though he denied the allegations, in 1970 he and three other members of the US Organization, a black nationalist group based in Los Angeles, imprisoned and assaulted two female members. Trial testimony revealed that the women had been whipped with cords, beaten with batons, and seared with irons — while naked — in an effort to elicit confessions that they were conspiring against him. Those confessions never materialized. Karenga served a few years in prison and later went on to get his doctorate and teach.
My stomach lurched as I read about the trial and his conviction. Karenga was found guilty of violence against black women. How could Kwanzaa’s inventor be that person? What did it mean about the celebration I had embraced? Why did no one talk about his history? And I couldn’t help but wonder if Karenga’s history was elided because Kwanzaa’s viability was deemed more important than black women’s safety.
Many of Kanye West’s posts have been removed from Instagram following a series of rants he had made on the platform.
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