OWL’s Thoughts On Ann Coulter’s Kwanzaa (Yes, THAT Ann Coulter)

Why would neoconservative polemicist Ann Coulter defend 1960s Oakland Branch of The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense? Why would neoconservative polemicist Ann Coulter frame Federal Bureau of Investigation as “enemy”?


Ann Coulter’s Kwanzaa


In “Kwanzaa: Holiday From the FBI”, Coulter stirs hostile angst involving Alprentice “Bunchy” Carter and Kwanzaa shaper, Ron Karenga’s US.

What seems to be her main argument is this statement pulled from said work:


It is a fact that Kwanzaa was invented in 1966 by a black radical FBI stooge, Ron Karenga, aka Dr. Maulana Karenga. Karenga was a founder of United Slaves, a violent nationalist rival to the Black Panthers and a dupe of the FBI.
“Kwanzaa: Holiday From the FBI” ::: Ann Coulter


Ann Coulter’s Fight Against Kwanzaa


While those words may well indeed reflect information known fairly widely through Black USA, they do not answer why Coulter wrote them. What may work to explain why she wrote them is a sentence written before her thesis:


I believe [if] more African-Americans spent this season reflecting on the birth of Christ than some phony non-Christian holiday invented a few decades ago by an FBI stooge. Kwanzaa is a holiday for white liberals, not blacks.
“Kwanzaa: Holiday From the FBI” ::: Ann Coulter


Ann Coulter does not care about US Black children in late 1960’s impoverished Bay Area California being fed through Black Panther Party breakfast programs. Ann Coulter does not care about young urban US Blacks being organized to disrupt US capitalist functioning. Ann Coulter does not care about “Bunchy”, John Huggins, Elaine Brown, or probably any US Black person for that reason. Ann Coulter, as reflected through this 2008 write up, cares about strumming up US Black dissent for purposes of Whyte Supremacist symbology.


In her attempt to distance US Blacks from celebrating Kwanzaa, she writes:


Despite modern perceptions that blend all the black activists of the ’60s, the Black Panthers did not hate whites. They did not seek armed revolution. Those were the precepts of Karenga’s United Slaves.
“Kwanzaa: Holiday From the FBI” ::: Ann Coulter



This is that sort of duplicitous play on Black fictive kinship that urges me to discuss Black Media Trust. How Coulter frames US Black history despite her few accuracies and her many inaccuracies is central to her entire discussion. She picks and pulls from US Black history where it serves her interests. She attempts to align her Self as ally against Federal Bureau of Investigation in favor of 1960s Oakland Branch Black Panther Party. This is not done to educate or inform, it is done to divide and cajole.


Ann Coulter As Agent Provocateur


Regardless of one’s feelings vis-a-vis Kwanzaa(even my own embrace of this practice is cursory, and more a means to promote US Black group economics), Ron Karenga, or those events surrounding “Bunchy” Carter’s murder, to assume Coulter as ally is asinine.


Ann Coulter Against Whyte Liberals


Despite my own(and I am sure, many Black others) mix feelings conjured contemplating this controversy, Coulter cannot pick my enemies. Coulter cannot define for me when and where I assign guilt, judgment, or condemnation. Especially not within a space of Blackness for a pronounced purpose of upholding Whyte symbols of power. All social gatherings, celebrations, and holidays are dangerously political. I will be damned if I let a Coulter stick a banana in my tailpipe.



Ann Coulter states that Kwanzaa is a holiday for Whyte Liberals constructed by Federal Bureau of Investigation. It does not matter if I agree or disagree with that belief. It does not matter how pseudo-religious I may or may not believe(sure, of course, I lean more may than may not) Kwanzaa is. It does not matter if I also do tend to wonder how much of an entry point Kwanzaa and other pop cultural artifacts are for liberal Whytes as foray to deeper Black culture. What matters is that Coulter only brings these things up because Kwanzaa is not Christmas. Because something celebrated by US Blacks is being recognized on a level of something fundamentally Whyte. Even Black Christians who Coulter wishes to persuade will accept that Coulter’s use of Christmas is more Whyte Supremacist symbol than Christian good tidings.