Kwanzaa has been around since 1966, is celebrated by 18 million African-Americans every year, and is a non-religious holiday that runs from Dec. 29 to Jan. 1. It is not intended to replace Christmas, It was created by a Black Studies professor to honor the values of ancient African cultures via seven different principles that are believed to have been key to building strong, productive families and communities in Africa.
WI GOP Senator Glenn Grothman, head of the state Republican party, the guy who thought Voter I.D. would help Mitt Romney in a close race, who believes nonmarital parenthood is a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect, who angered one of our readers here, and who has unabashedly insulted Wisconsin voters, has revived our abhorrence of him once again.
How? And how are these two things related?
Sen. Glenn Grothman’s denounced the holiday in a press release Friday, calling the African-American cultural observance fake, fraudulent and one that “almost no black people today care about … just white left-wingers who try to shove this down black people’s throats in an effort to divide America.” [...]
[T]his is the second time [Wisconsin Governor Scott] Walker has been called on by state Democratic leaders to denounce what are arguably over-the-top comments by fellow members of the GOP.
Grothman also warned parents to “be on the lookout if a K-12 or college teacher tries to tell your children or grandchildren (that Kwanzaa) is a real holiday.” He claimed that “irresponsible” public schools “try to tell a new generation that blacks have a separate holiday than Christians.”
If all that doesn’t help improve the GOP’s relationship with African Americans, nothing will.
Your move, Scott Walker.