In one of her more unhinged rants, professional conservative banshee Ann Coulter claimed that Kwanzaa is a “made-up racist holiday” peddled by the FBI to sow division among African-Americans.
Coulter’s column, which has been republished by the likes of Breitbart, World Net Daily and Ben Shapiro’s The Daily Wire, audaciously posited an alternative history of the pan-African holiday and its creator, Dr. Ron Karenga. This isn’t her first year writing it, either — she wrote a remarkably similar column in 2013, whose main difference is that it references “Duck Dynasty.”
According to Coulter, Karenga is a “black radical/FBI stooge,” and his group United Slaves were rivals to the Black Panthers. Her analysis appears to stem from declassified documents proving that Karenga and United Slaves were targets of the FBI’s Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO), and division between the pro-black groups was intentionally sowed by the bureau. As an extension of those efforts, Coulter’s column appeared to infer, Karenga went on to create the holiday meant to be celebrated by black people around the world to … continue to drive a wedge between black people, somehow.
Now a professor of Africana studies at California State University at Long Beach, Karenga was imprisoned for kidnapping and torturing women in 1971. Coulter curiously doesn’t mention this in her column, opting instead to muse about “whether Karenga was a willing FBI dupe, or just a dupe.”
At the end of her the alternative history she provided, Coulter even created a Kwanzaa-themed carol, set to “Jingle Bells.”
“Kwanzaa bells, dashikis sell
Whitey has to pay;
Burning, shooting, oh what fun
On this made-up holiday!”
“Only white liberals take Kwanzaa seriously,” she wrote at her conclusion. “American Blacks celebrate Christmas.”