In my post “Kwannza Claus is Coming to Town” I detailed the crimes of which Karanga was convicted.
A May 14, 1971, article in the Los Angeles Times described the testimony of one of them: “Deborah Jones, who once was given the Swahili title of an African queen, said she and Gail Davis were whipped with an electrical cord and beaten with a karate baton after being ordered to remove their clothes. She testified that a hot soldering iron was placed in Miss Davis’ mouth and placed against Miss Davis’ face and that one of her own big toes was tightened in a vise. Karenga, head of US, also put detergent and running hoses in their mouths, she said.”
While I firmly believe that people can change, I find it absurd that we would honor a man who is guilty of such a crime and has shown no repentance what so ever. The irony of this whole matter is that the man who invented Kawanzza, which means “first fruits of the harvest” in Swahili would want us to ignore his fruits.
The Bible says “By their fruits you shall know them.” and that “every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.”