Rich Leonardi reminds me of something I also found odd this month. On one my Catholic calendars put out by J.S. Palusch, Inc and specifically a calendar devoted to vocations – lists today as the first day of Kwanzaa. Now I of course decided to do the readings associated with St. Stephen instead while reading the Divine Office today. Funny my guide book does not have alternative readings for Kwanzaa, but happily Kathy Shaidle previously supplied some. This day of course deserves the treatment that Kathy Shaidle gave to it.
Twas the night before Kwanzaa
And all through the ‘hood,
Maulana Karenga was up to no good.
He’d tortured a woman and spent time in jail.
He needed a new scam that just wouldn’t fail.
("So what if I stuck some chick’s toe in a vice?
Nobody said revolution was nice!")
The Sixties were over. Now what would he do?
Why, he went back to school — so that’s "Dr." to you!
He once ordered shootouts at UCLA
Now he teaches Black Studies just miles away.
Then to top it all off, the good Doctor’s new plan
Was to get rid of Christmas and piss off The Man.
Karenga invented a fake holiday.
He called the thing Kwanza. "Hey, what’s that you say?
"You don’t get what’s ‘black’ about Maoist baloney?
You say that my festival’s totally phony?
"Who cares if corn isn’t an African crop?
Who cares if our harvest’s a month or two off?
Who cares if Swahili’s not our mother tongue?
A lie for The Cause never hurt anyone!
"Umoja! Ujima! Kujichagulia, too!
Collectivist crap never sounded so cool!
Those guilty white liberals — easy to fool.
Your kids will now celebrate Kwanzaa in school!"
And we heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight:
"Happy Kwanzaa to all, except if you’re white!"