“Kwanzaa Cake” is NOT offensive. Not really.

2010/12/26

While scanning my Facebook feeds, I came across a link to a Salon.com piece entitled: “Just how offensive is Sandra Lee’s crazy Kwanzaa cake?”

The very-white lady, as is her wont, used various pre-made ingredients to create a pretty unappetizing dessert for her cooking show. For some reason, some folks took offense.

I don’t get it.

Admittedly, the cake doesn’t have a thing to do with Kwanzaa. Angel’s food cake?Chocolate icing? Apple pie filling? It doesn’t even sound good, and it looks worse.

But, as the article remarks, Kwanzaa has no food traditions. So what’s the big deal?

Kwanzaa isn’t even a legitimate holiday, having been cooked up by activist Maulana Karenga in the 1960s chiefly as an anti-Christian “alternative” to Christmas for black people.

Actually, that clears it up just fine, for me. Kwanzaa was born out of offense; specifically, Karenga’s being offended by the widespread celebration of the “white” holiday of Christmas. Consequently, anyone who seriously celebrates this reactionary “holiday” stands a solid chance of being easily offended in general, and thus is offended by this cake.

Sad, really. Anyone honestly being offended by this cake just needs to do at least one of these two things:

  1. Develop an ACTUAL Kwanzaa culinary tradition that someone would actually eat.
  2. Stop whining and grow a thicker skin.

That’s all. Maybe sometime this week, I’ll do a wrap-up of the Empire Strikes Back series that dominated this blog this year before remarking on more contemporary matters.

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2 Responses to ““Kwanzaa Cake” is NOT offensive. Not really.”

  1. Kris G Says:

    I’m not sure it’s accurate to say Kwanzaa was created out of anger. More likely, it was created of the opportunity for profit.

  2. Asha Says:

    I’m offended by the misuse of apple pie filling! Angel food cake is rubbery and nasty altogether.


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