If Kwanzaa was meant to politicize Christmas, it has been working.
Tis the season to fight about racism.
Kwanzaa greetings — once widely tolerated as politically correct claptrap — were this week treated by conservatives as acts of aggression in the culture wars.
Sounds cute. Show us pictures! https://t.co/akvy6fY3QB
— Michael Brendan Dougherty (@michaelbd) December 28, 2021
Right on left: As liberal elites welcomed the advent of Kwanzaa, Dec. 26, fed-up conservative commentators countered what they saw as the latest woke bombardment from the Biden White House and Capitol Hill to Hollywood, New York and Chicago.
I thought that was @StephenAtHome for a moment, truly.
— Gad Saad (@GadSaad) December 28, 2021
Vice President Kamala Harris, the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, came under sustained fire for reposting a 2020 Kwanzaa video in which she evinced a lifelong connection to the Black Power-inspired holiday.
- On Fox News and Twitter, critics noted that if Harris’ family gathered “across multiple generations” to celebrate Kwanzaa in her childhood, as she claimed, they were highly unusual.
- “Somehow I find it hard to believe that she has a deep childhood attachment to a holiday that didn’t exist when she was born,” tweeted the Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh.
- Kwanzaa was created in 1966, when Harris was 2 years old, by black nationalist Maulana Karenga, who was later imprisoned for torturing women.
- Although the holiday achieved mainstream acceptance in the 1980s and 1990s, it never caught on even among black Americans.
Right on right: A few Republican groups that tweeted “Happy Kwanzaa” messages — including the College Republican National Committee — were effectively denounced as collaborators by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga. and others on the populist right.
It’s a fake religion created by a psychopath.
You aren’t bringing in new voters, you are turning them away.
People are tired of pandering and BS. https://t.co/NrhE6O6BG5
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) December 26, 2021
Left on right: Dulce Sloan, a correspondent for Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” acknowledged that Kwanzaa was “problematic” and unpopular, quipping on air: “It’s the holiday your white friends think your black friends celebrate.”
- But more militant antiracists, like TV personality Marc Lamont Hill, condemned all Kwanzaa deniers as bigots.
- Other progressive pundits pointed out that Donald Trump’s White House had annually recognized Kwanzaa, a tradition started by former President Bill Clinton.
- Those, however, were simpler times.