Students Petition – Should Kwanzaa be banned from public schools and college campuses?
Students from several different universities have organized a petition to have Kwanzaa and the celebration of the National holiday to be removed from college campuses. They are also running a separate campaign to submit a petition to congress to have Kwanzaa removed from public schools as well. The petition campaign is being called #EQUALIDAY
Today marks the first day of the week long celebration created in 1965 by Maulana Karenga and was first celebrated in 1966. Maulana Karenga invented the holiday to be the first official ( specifically ) African American holiday and its’ purpose was to help African Americans reconnect with their African cultural and historical heritage by uniting in meditation and study of African traditions and Nguzo Saba, the “seven principles of African Heritage” as well as an “oppositional alternative” to Christmas.
In a statement to Associated Press one of the university organizers had this to say regarding the #Equaliday petitioning campaign;
“It is these very principals that violate our human rights by forcing non African American students to celebrate a holiday they are excluded from. No other holiday is based on skin color or race and no other holiday excludes people based on color or race.”
With all of the media attention and recent uprise of campus boycotts regarding race, religion and any other common glitch they would normally experience in real life, it comes as no surprise that this would come next. I wonder where these kids find time to study with so much attention going towards activism. Better yet, who is paying the average $20,000 yearly tuition for them to try to remove small examples of life’s reality from the very institution that is meant to prepare them for these realities and the real world.
Just this year we have heard about banning Muslim holidays from public schools, banning Christmas from public schools and campuses, banning the rebel flag, banning the Burka, banning mugshots.com etc. There are so many serious things in the world that we can be paying attention to. Mankind truly could change the world any time we are ready. All we have to do is focus the same energy on different things. Unfortunately, a majority of the world is selfish and would rather complain about how bad they have it rather than worry about all of the people who would trade places with them in a heartbeat.
The very simple answer is NO!
Kwanzaa should NOT be banned from public schools or college campuses. Everyone has the right to appreciate who hey are and where they are from. Holidays are just like religions, To Each His Own. As long as it does not directly effect your fellow man in a negative way or cause any disruptions in their day to day life, everyone is free to celebrate and believe in anything they can come up with.
Here are the 7 principles of Kwanzaa. I think these are great and the world would have a lot less problems if people actually practiced these.
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