Here in Buffalo Kwanzaa is and has always been a big deal. In fact, the Kwanzaa celebration in Buffalo is one of the largest in the country and the founder of Kwanzaa Maulana Karenga said that the people of Buffalo are some of the most “Kwanzaa conscious” in the country!

But Wisconsin state Sen. Glenn Grothman a Republican slammed Kwanzaa recently, claiming “almost no black people” care about the holiday.

“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 in a press release, according to the Shorewood Patch.

Grothman slammed “irresponsible public school districts” in Wisconsin for trying “to tell a new generation that blacks have a separate holiday than Christians.” His comments have been heavily criticized by a number of people in Wisconsin and across the country.

Is this just another grumpy old man with a lot of time on his hands trying to get some attention? I do think that there is an enormous amount of African history that is not being taught to our young men and women and they are not being educated properly as it relates to what they should be aware of and Kwanzaa is one of them.

My 8 year old daughter was so upset with me this year because we were not able to make children’s Kwanzaa here in Buffalo. I teach my children the importance of knowing and understanding principles of Kwanzaa and how to implement them in their daily lives.

Yes, Kwanzaa is a separate holiday from Christmas and should be stressed as such, no matter who you are in America and around the world.