Jan 1, 2013

(Patch) -- Calling it a holiday that "almost no black people today care about," state Sen. Glenn Grothman is characterizing Kwanzaa as a false holiday conjured up by a racist college professor and perpetuated by hard-core liberals.

"Why must we still hear about Kwanzaa?" the Republican lawmaker from West Bend asked in a press release. "Why are hard-core left wingers still trying to talk about Kwanzaa — the supposed African-American holiday celebration between Christmas and New Year’s?"

His remarks drew immediate criticism from a Democratic party leader, who called Grothman's comments "absolutely jaw-dropping."

Starting the day after Christmas, the weeklong African-American holiday was created several decades ago by now Africana studies professor at California State University, Long Beach, Maulana Karenga.

In his release, Grothman called for the holiday to be "slapped down."

"Of course, almost no black people today care about Kwanzaa — just white left-wingers who try to shove this down black people's throats in an effort to divide Americans," Grothman said. "Irresponsible public school districts such as Green Bay and Madison ... try to tell a new generation that blacks have a separate holiday than Christians."

Grothman adds Karenga "didn't like the idea that Christ died for all of our sins, so he felt blacks should have their own holiday — hence, Kwanzaa."

Grothman also advises be on the lookout for K-12 and college teachers trying to pass it off as a real holiday.

"With tens of millions of honorable black Americans in our country's past, we should not let a violent nut like Karenga speak for them," he said.

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  1. Does the majority of Blacks care about Kwanza? I honestly don't know anyone who celebrates Kwanza.

  2. I am confused as to why he was even talking about this. I have never celebrated it and know no one who has. It seemed like a fad in the 90s. it seemed to be a-religious and more of cultural tradition for those wanting to celebrate it. I do not find it divisive. It may in fact be fading away. But I see no reason to take a public stance on it. It is an individual choice to celebrate it. Ot appears that less people are celebrating it. And for the few that are, they should not be slammed for it.