Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Coulter 12/24/08

Kwanzaa Is a Phony Holiday

My take on Ann Coulter's latest. Her column was published on

Summary: Does anybody celebrate Kwanzaa? I mean really? Here is the history of the holiday (began in 1966) and the 7 principles of it. It is more an ideological/racial challenge to Christmas than a bonafide holiday.

Kwanzaa itself is a nutty blend of schmaltzy '60s rhetoric, black racism and Marxism. Indeed, the seven "principles" of Kwanzaa praise collectivism in every possible arena of life -- economics, work, personality, even litter removal. ("Kuumba: Everyone should strive to improve the community and make it more beautiful.") It takes a village to raise a police snitch.

My Views: Ann's rhetoric may be over the top but there is an under-current about this holiday. Supporters seem to be defensive about it. And the facts that Ann provides about the founder of this holiday deserve attention. Whatever the problems with the founder's history or of the holiday's 7 principles, I wonder about the basic premise of it. Why must every group have it's own separate holiday? Why can't we all come together at least once every year? It's Christmas, everybody!

Anybody who is as hated as Ann Coulter is must be doing something right. She is very right-wing but every left-wing blogger would love to write like her. I hate rants; opinion pieces must argue from the facts. Pay attention to how she uses facts and draws politically incorrect connections among them. People would do well to think and not just be outraged.

Here's her Wiki bio. Her latest book is at the right.