I took in several minutes of last week's public Kwanzaa celebration in Milwaukee's City Hall rotunda when I went downtown to pay my property tax bill.
A predominantly African-American crowd, some seated, listened to drumming, testimonials and other presentations; Common Council President Willie Hines was in attendance, and it was a pleasant and inspiring gathering enjoyed by people in the tax payment lines, too.
Good for Milwaukee, I thought.
WISN-12 TV has posted an event photo album.
So it's hard to chalk up the reported rant against Kwanzaa by State Sen. Glenn Grothman, (R-West Bend), to anything other than gross ignorance and intolerance:
Calling it a holiday that "almost no black people today care about," state Sen. Glenn Grothman is characterizing Kwanzaa as a false holiday conjured up by a racist college professor and perpetuated by hard-core liberals.Wednesday update: Grothman will not apologize.
"Why must we still hear about Kwanzaa?" the Republican lawmaker from West Bend asked in a press release. "Why are hard-core left wingers still trying to talk about Kwanzaa — the supposed African-American holiday celebration between Christmas and New Year’s?"
When did he become the arbiter of whose holidays are authentic and whose culture is worth respecting? And should taxpayers pick up the cost of his misuse of state, news-release resources?
This is not the first time Grothman demeaned a large swath of the citizenry:
About time he takes flak for equating single-parenthood with child abuse.Or blathered on about large numbers of other people:
The Huffington Post takes note.
Over at the Daily Beast, Michelle Goldberg writes a detailed account of the repeal [of Wisconsin equal pay litigation rights] and the effect it will have in the state. Goldberg also interviews Republican state senator Glenn Grothman, who was an enthusiastic fan of repealing the law.
According to Grothman, not only is there no actual pay gap between the sexes, if there was one it wouldn’t matter anyway. After all, men need money more than women do, since they have families to support. “You could argue that money is more important for men,” he told Goldberg. “I think a guy in their first job, maybe because they expect to be a breadwinner someday, may be a little more money-conscious. To attribute everything to a so-called bias in the workplace is just not true.”