For some reason Wisconsin State Senator Glenn Grothman has taken a dislike to Kwanzaa. On December 28, he released a press release entirely about Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa is usually not on the agenda of reform by most elected officials. Nevertheless, Grothman has found that Kwanzaa is just another attempt by “hard-core left wingers” to bring down American.
Grothman’s dislike stems from the concept developing in 1966 by black activists that he calls “even more radical than the Black Panthers.” Grothman goes on to claim that today “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.”
The facts are that Kwanzaa is a minor holiday, observed by just a few percent of Americans and a few percent of African-Americans. Yet to claim that almost no African-Americans celebrate it is a significant misstatement.
Grothman’s opposition to Kwanzaa appears to stem from his incorrect notion that it was designed as a replacement for Christmas. It is not a religious holiday but more of a cultural event primarily for African-Americans. Why this should disturb or even concern a Wisconsin legislator is odd.
It’s not any odder than Grothman’s press release, which goes onto state that the left-wingers are pushing it because “They don’t like America and seek to destroy it by pretending that its values as expressed in the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution, don’t apply to everyone.”
Grothman charges that Kwanzaa is anti-Christian and unpatriotic. This type of vehemence is usually reserved for matters that have some link to reality. Grothman’s rants are simply, well, senseless rants.
Grothman ends his press release with two links to Kwanzaa celebrations at schools and the warning “Be on the lookout if a K-12 or college teacher tries to tell your children or grandchildren it’s a real holiday.”
Being that this is coming from Grothman should be no surprise. He is no stranger to taking extreme positions. Earlier, he pushed a bill that blamed unmarried parents for child abuse and argued that women intentionally get pregnant and lie to collect government benefits.
Grothman’s warning to save children from Kwanzaa is not going to go very far. Schools are out for the winter holiday throughout the country. When schools reopen, Kwanzaa celebrations will not be something discussed in schools. Even if they are, why is that any different from Cinco de Mayo, St. Patrick’s Day or Columbus Day?
If Grothman’s worried about Kwanzaa, just wait until he learns about Festivus.