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Today, January 1, is a Day of Self Reflection According to Kawaida Theory

Kwanzaa is based upon the premise of KAWAIDA:


"that social revolutionary change for Black America can be achieved by the act of revealing and disclosing individuals to their cultural African heritage." Karenga


Each year, on January 1st, Dr. Karenga suggests that we ask ourselves the three (3) Kawaida questions, originally posed by Frantz Fanon, author of "Wretched of the Earth."




KAWAIDA QUESTIONS:


1. WHO AM I?
"To answer the question of "Who am I?" correctly, then, is to know and live one's history and to practice one's culture."


2. AM I REALLY ALL I SAY I AM?
"To answer the question of "Am I really all I say I am?" is to have and employ a cultural criteria of authenticity, i.e., criteria of what is real and unreal, what is appearance and essence, what is culturally-rooted and foreign."


3. AM I ALL I OUGHT TO BE?
"And to answer the question of "Am I all I ought to be?" is to self-consciously possess and use ethical and cultural standards which measure men, women and children in terms of the quality of their thought and practice in the context of who they are and must become - in both an African and human sense."


http://www.endarkenment.com/kwanzaa/nguzosaba/sikuyataamuli.htm