Wisconsin State Senator Glenn Grothman issued a press release titled “Why Must We Still Hear About Kwanzaa?” He says white leftists who are seeking to destroy America are trying to shove Kwanzaa down black people’s throats. His unstated yet obviously highly scientific study definitively states almost no black people today care about Kwanzaa.
Just what is this Birth of a Nation revivalist complaining about? Exactly what is Kwanzaa?Don’t tell me it’s a manufactured holiday. All holidays are manufactured. When the first fish crawled out of the ocean, it didn’t gift us with Thanksgiving. Some holidays are hard won: Martin Luther King’s birthday was a tough fight, and it remains a bone of contention among people who do not believe it’s appropriate to honor an important black American.
But, I repeat, what is Kwanzaa? According to Holidays.net, Kwanzaa is a celebration of seven principles. These are:
(1) Unity – Success starts with unity of family, community, nation and race.
(2) Self-Determination – To be responsible for ourselves, to create your own destiny.
(3) Collective work and responsibility – To build and maintain your community together, to work together to help one another within your community.
(4) Collective economics – To build, maintain, and support our own stores, establishments, and businesses.
(5) Purpose – To restore African-American people to their traditional greatness, to be responsible to our ancestors and to our descendants.
(6) Creativity – Using creativity and imagination to make your communities better than what you inherited.
(7) Faith – Believing in our people, our families, our educators, our leaders, and the righteousness of the African-American struggle.
Come to think of it, these values embrace a lot of traditionally conservative philosophies, looking at “conservative” as the period between the political dominance of the Ku Klux Klan and the coming of the Tea Party. To those who think #4 above is a bit discriminatory, well, there are hundreds of Christian business directories out there, and some even limit their listings to specific Christian sects. There’s nothing wrong with supporting your own community. This is a concept conservatives bandy about every time they rant against foreign aid.
I can’t answer why Cracker Grothman feels so threatened by Kwanzaa. He states Americans should treat it with contempt before it becomes a permanent part of our culture. Perhaps it’s the phrase “African-American,” although I’m not aware of his disgust at Christian-specific celebrations and philosophies.
Clearly, this low-life believes black people are so stupid they are easily manipulated by the calculating cabal of white people who actually care about their fellow human beings. You know, those evil leftist and their anti-poverty programs, their fair-wage for all, their health care for all. This is the same nincompoop who introduced the law to repeal Wisconsin’s Equal Pay Enforcement Act, saying “money is more important for men.”
Yep, you’re a real peace on Earth and goodwill to all kinda guy, Cracker Grothman.
Mike Gold performs the weekly two-hour Weird Sounds Inside The Gold Mind ass-kicking rock, blues and blather radio show on The Point, www.getthepointradio.com , every Sunday at 7:00 PM Eastern, rebroadcast three times during the week – check the website above for times. Gold also joins Martha Thomases and Michael Davis as a weekly columnist at www.comicmix.com where he pontificates on matters of four-color.