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Jan 05 2013

The War on Kwanzaa

Wisconsin state Sen. Glenn Grothman declared war on Kwanzaa with a hysterical (not in the sense of funny but in the sense of being absurdly paranoid) press release that says the holiday was invented as part of a leftist plot to destroy America.

Why are hard-core left wingers still trying to talk about Kwanzaa – the supposed African-American
holiday celebration between Christmas and New Year’s?

As has been well publicized, Kwanzaa is not some African or African-American tradition. It was invented in 1966 by Ron Karenga, a 1960s radical leader and founder of something called the “US Organization”. This group, often referred to as the “United Slaves” is even more radical than the Black Panthers. The United Slaves killed two Black Panther members and Karenga himself wound up going to prison for assaulting some of his own members. Karenga was a racist and didn’t like the idea that Christ died for all of our sins, so he felt blacks should have their own holiday – hence, Kwanzaa.

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. Irresponsible public school districts such as Green Bay and Madison (and who knows how many others, see links below) try to tell a new generation that blacks have a separate holiday than Christians. Waring Fincke, left-wing West Bend lawyer and vice chair of the Washington County Democratic Party, encouraged people to learn more about Kwanzaa in a column in July. Fortunately, almost all black people ignore Waring Fincke and his ilk and their efforts to divide Americans.

But why do they do it? 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. Mainstream Americans must be more outspoken on this issue. It’s time it’s slapped down once and for all. 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. (By the way, after getting out of prison he was hired as a professor at California State Long Beach. When are we going to stop funding left wing nuts at our public universities?) The churches ought to be particularly appalled since Karenga thought Christmas was a white religion and was trying to draw black people from it. Be on the lookout if a K-12 or college teacher tries to tell your children or grandchildren it’s a real holiday.

I agree Kwanzaa is a silly, made up holiday. But that is true of almost all holidays, isn’t it? And the idea that this is all because people hate America is simply idiotic. Someone should send this guy a Kwanzaa cake.

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  1. 1
    IslandBrewer

    I love chocolate and cinnamon together – Mexican chocolate is way better than regular hot chocolate. I’m going to make some of that frosting, now.

  2. 2
    Argle Bargle

    When are we going to stop funding left wing nuts at our public universities?

    About the same time as we stop funding right wing nuts at our public universities.

  3. 3
    marcus

    “When are we going to stop funding left wing nuts at our public universities?’
    Why can’t people seem to understand that education has a liberal bias? That’s why the Republicans spend so much time and money trying to defeat it.

  4. 4
    michaeld

    Down with thanksgiving! Silly made up holiday…..

  5. 5
    Larry

    Don’t get this guy started on Festivus!

  6. 6
    iangould

    So he is going to denounce St Patrick’s day as a leftist plot to make Irish-Americans hate America, isn’t he?

  7. 7
    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Meh. Try the war on Hannukah.

    Cant even decide whether to spell that with a Ch or not.

    (Secret weapon : fog of miss spelling?)

  8. 8
    shouldbeworking

    July 4th is an obviously man-made holiday, started by a bunch of guys wanting to overthrow the government.

  9. 9
    peterh

    Any holiday, religious or secular, was invented at some point, so what’s his point? Beyond clutching at straws with which to excoriate his ill-concealed hate?

  10. 10
    acroyear

    “Karenga was a racist and didn’t like the idea that Christ died for all of our sins, so he felt blacks should have their own holiday”

    Probably one of the more impressive non-sequitors I’ve ever seen…

  11. 11
    dingojack

    I’m sure Grothman is gonna start a war on that most egregious of made up holidays:
    MOTHERS DAY!!!*

    Dingo
    ——-
    * Well, after his war on Veterans Day and War on St Valentine’s Day (nobody ever sent him a card, so watch out!)

  12. 12
    Reginald Selkirk

    As has been well publicized, Kwanzaa is not some African or African-American tradition. It was invented in 1966…

    Because it was invented recently, it’s not a tradition? What a maroon. Next he’ll be telling us that “under God” in the pledge is not a tradition because it was made up in the 1950s.

  13. 13
    plutosdad

    This is my favorite explanation of Kwanzaa

    http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/weekend-update-segment—tim-meadows/1349082/

  14. 14
    Michael Heath

    Was this video a parody or is this lady actually serious about promoting the mess she made? From my perspective it’s a cooking Poe, the only improvement would have been to have Victoria Jackson make this cake for baby anglo-Jesus.

  15. 15
    timgueguen

    “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”

    Someone needs to read their American history. Those values didn’t apply to everyone when those documents were created. Especially the majority of black people present in the 13 Colonies.

  16. 16
    Modusoperandi

    Don’t forget that he’s wrong on everything else, too. And isn’t consistency valuable in a legislator?

  17. 17
    Moggie

    America seems awfully fragile. There are so many trivial things which can destroy it.

  18. 18
    Nemo

    Speaking as a white left-winger, my impression is that actually nobody cares about Kwanzaa. But I do like it as yet another “un-Christmas”, along with the solstice, Saturnalia, Festivus, Newtonmass, etc.

  19. 19
    jnorris

    He really should not talk about silliness. His state’s official head-wear is a plastic wedge of cheese.

  20. 20
    dan4

    @16. Thanks for the link. “Of course almost no black people today care about Kwanzaa…”. Well, that’s probably right, but a lot of them DO care about Martin Luther King, JR. Day…and that certainly didn’t stop Grothman from trashing that holiday (if you read Modus’s link, which is why I thanked him for it).

  21. 21
    sceptinurse

    Sounds like someone who actually deserves that Kwanzaa cake.

  22. 22
    Robert Bauer

    As opposed to all those holidays that weren’t made up by people, like…

    Um…

    *crickets*

  23. 23
    Jen

    @14, nope, that’s a real video from The Food Network. It’s been making the rounds for a few years now because of how ridiculous it is.

  24. 24
    Modusoperandi

    Hold on. Food has a network?

  25. 25
    dingojack

    If it involves food swearing like a trooper, jigging their tits or doing a kinda cockney pastiche while cutting-up and cooking celebrity chefs – I’d watch it1
    Dingo

  26. 26
    Childermass

    Looking at Modusoperandi’s Wikipedia link: My God, someone actually still believes that men need pay more than women? Checking Wikipedia’s reference, the answer is yes.

  27. 27
    Stacey C.

    Oh Auntie Sandy! She’s amazing…like a train wreck in slow motion. http://bit.ly/SmjjmN

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