I thought I wouldn’t start off with the New Year with this, but I’ll get with the flow anyway. I often say that even today of this first day of 2013, that the more things change, the more things remain the same. Today as most of us are getting used to say the year 2013, or Happy New Year, one of the State Senators from Wisconsin has to open his mouth in a negative fashion about a holiday that just wrapped up. No it’s not Christmas nor Hanukkah but Kwanzaa! Really, Kwanzaa?! What in the holy hell is Senator Grothman talking about slamming Kwanzaa? If you are real Kwanzaa Supporter, you need to speak up! According to his viewpoint, Senator Grothman comments: “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,” Grothman said. “Irresponsible public school districts such as Green Bay and Madison … try to tell a new generation that blacks have a separate holiday than Christians.”
Excuse me what does he mean that this holiday is shoving down the throats to divide Americans? And why would any State Senator would have this barrage of disrepect to this holiday in which mean nothing of positive ideals of celebration?
Now for me, I didn’t go to any Kwanzaa celebrations during the seven days, but I do respect what the deal is in part of having some pride within your community and specifically within the body of the African-American Community. Kwanzaa was founded in 1966 by Maulana Karanga. His goal, according to history: was to “give Blacks an alternative to the existing holiday and give Blacks an opportunity to celebrate themselves and their history, rather than simply imitate the practice of the dominant society.” Also in more information, Kwanzaa was a celebration that has its roots in the black nationalist movement of the 1960s, and was established as a means to help African Americans reconnect with their African cultural and historical heritage by uniting in meditation and study of African traditions and Nguzu Saba, the “seven principles of African Heritage” which Karenga said “is a communitarian African philosophy”.
So Kwanzaa is an alternative during the holidays. I get it. And it’s a celebration to reinhance the positive in the black community, and black families of recognizing our Unity, Self-Determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity and Faith. Or for some: recognizing the seven principles. Now this is a must ask question: Has State Senator Glenn Grothman EVER BEEN to a Kwanzaa Ceremony? Has he every participated in a dinner, or activity? If this dude of a State Senator who thinks this holiday is a bad thing, he is obviously wrong. He also believes that nobody in the black community care about Kwanzaa, I hate to put him on blast, which I will, but this is the same senator who commented about folks being the state capitol being slobs during the Walker Protests. I’ll bet those who are African-American who do support and attend the Kwanzaa events are doing it out of tradition, or starting something to partake in. What is so racist or trying to divide America on that? I do understand that not everyone in the black community is fan of Christmas. I get it. But if Kwanzaa is an interest of fairness or ability to celebrate during the holidays, then by all means, let it happen!
Since 2010, I’ve been on Twitter and I type in a certain “tweetjack” in term of my own tweets for a certain topic. Every holiday and occasion I do them in a twist, such as KwanzaaTweetJack, Or ChristmasDayTweetJack, Or, you get the idea. Personally, the State Senator should owe everyone in the black community an apology. His comments were offensive, wrong , and misinformed. And if those who are fans of St. Senator Grothman who have friends or supporters of Kwanzaa, need to put this “State Senator” on blast! Already, Wisconsin is getting to be a laughing stock of the freaking nation, because of not only him but also Scott Walker getting his butt back in the chair and his wishful thinking of 250,000 jobs he campaigned on 3 years ago. To begin: here’s his address and telephone numbers below to voice your opinion.
Capitol Office: 10 South
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707-7882
Phone: (608)266-7513 (800) 662-1227
Like Malcolm X once said, “if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.”