Yesterday, we celebrated the start of the New Year, and for many African-Americans, the end Kwanza, the week-long Afrocentric celebration between Christmas and New Years. While approximately two million black Americans celebrate the holiday, one Republican state senator is totally over the idea.

While Fox News has repeatedly pedaled the idea that there is a “War on Christmas,” Wisconsin Republican state senator, Glenn Grothman, has fired some not-so-subtle shots at Kwanza.

In a press release, Grothman recently argued Kwanza “divides Americans” and the holiday needs to be “slapped down.”

Grothman wondered:

“Why must we still hear about Kwanzaa? Why are hard-core left wingers still trying to talk about Kwanzaa — the supposed African-American holiday celebration between Christmas and New Year’s?”

“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, he added. “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 also had a few angry words for Dr. Maulana Karenga, Kwanza’s founder. Grothman called Karenga, who was convicted of beating and torturing a woman in 1971,  “a violent nut,” and said 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.”

Predictably, many in Grothman’s home state are upset by his words. Meg Moen, treasurer of a local Democratic Party, called the senator’s press release “disgusting” and said it “drips with disdain for African-Americans.

Ironically, the celebration of Kwanza is supposed to promote unity, but this kerfuffle over the observance seems to be doing quite the opposite.

Do you celebrate Kwanza? What do you think of State Sen. Grothman’s words?

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  • dee

    am I supposed to?

    I really wish white people would stop telling black people what to care about.

  • Wandaedie

    I don’t celebrate kwanza. Don’t care to. But that is for each person to decide for themselves. Any religious holiday can cause division. Why people are arguing about it is beyond me.

    • NOitAll

      Kwanzaa is NOT a religious holiday, AT ALL. I wish people would get that straight. And it wasn’t meant to draw people away from Christmas, quite the opposite. It’s the day after. So, if anybody is refusing to celebrate Christmas, it’s not because of Kwanzaa. They’re either fed up with the commercialism or they’re simply not Christian. And in the USA, there’s no law that says you have to be Christian.

  • CanV

    This guy is way out in left field. People dont have jobs, our economy is struggling, people are losing/have lost faith and trust in our gov’t and he wants to talk about Kwanzaa??? This man must not be doing his job correctly OR must be doing something underhanded to be focusing on and attacking Kwanzaa, when there are truly other things to be focused on.

  • eshowoman

    Another angry, old white man gins up his racist base with fear and hatred. YAWN nothing to see here.