Wisconsin Sen. Glenn Grothman on Kwanzaa: "It's time it's slapped down once and for all"

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Grothman's press release raises the question: Doesn't he have anything better do do?
Surely, you've heard of the "War on Christmas." Well, one Wisconsin lawmaker has now openly declared war on Kwanzaa, of all things.

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In a press release, Wisconsin state Senator Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, characterized the "the supposed African-American holiday celebration between Christmas and New Year's" as something that "almost no black people today care about."

"Why must we still hear about Kwanzaa? Why are hard-core left wingers still trying to talk about Kwanzaa?" Grothman wrote, adding that the only people who still care about the holiday are "white left-wingers who try to shove this down black people's throats in an effort to divide Americans."

"Irresponsible public school districts such as Green Bay and Madison ... try to tell a new generation that blacks have a separate holiday than Christians," he continued.

According to Gawker, 40 million people -- including between one and two million black Americans -- celebrate Kwanzaa, which was created in 1966 by Maulana Karenga, founder of the black nationalist group Organization Us.

In 1971, Karenga went to prison after being convicted of beating two women with an electrical cord, the Colorado Springs Gazette reports -- a piece of history not lost on Grothman.

"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, adding that 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."

Kwanzaa honors "African heritage in African-American culture," and the holiday has seven core principles: Unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.

Meg Moen, treasurer of the Ozaukee County Democratic Party, blasted Grothman's declaration of war on Kwanzaa during an interview with Menomonee Falls Patch:
"[Grothman's] recent press release about Kwanzaa was absolutely jaw-dropping. Not only does Senator Grothman seem to find his inherent racism acceptable, he implores people to follow his lead and question a holiday that African-Americans have been celebrating for years.

"He, as usual, blames progressives and teachers, for respecting all traditions, and having the audacity to include every holiday and tradition that occurs around this time every year," Moen added. "That press release is absolutely disgusting and drips with disdain for African-Americans and, therefore, I am calling on him to retract his statements."
Earlier this year, Grothman introduced a bill containing language characterizing nonmarital parenthood as a "contributing factor to child abuse and neglect." That's ridiculous even by Wisconsin standards, so perhaps we shouldn't be surprised by his head-scratching Kwanzaa-hating press release.

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keny1
keny1

This is why we need to ban all holidays because they might "offend" some people.

MikeW
MikeW

I'll remember this when his office sends out a St. Patrick's Day proclamation.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Finally black people have an old white idiot to speak for them!

ChazDanger
ChazDanger topcommenter

Shocking! Obviously he didn't get the news letter from the GOP explaining why they lost the 2012 election.

Jametta Raspberry
Jametta Raspberry

Because this is an unwarranted attack on a holiday tradition that celebrates african culture. thats how its racist.

Lisa Overby
Lisa Overby

Unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. Yup sounds like scary stuff to me How, Sen Grothman, does this offend your Christian ideals? Certainly doesn't offend mine.

Tyler Chip Moody Suter
Tyler Chip Moody Suter

Why does it seem like angry white guys can't find an issue that doesn't make them irate. Does this guy ever say, "Well, I just don't really have an opinion on this issue."

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