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Gov. Walker questions Grothman's Kwanzaa comments

MADISON (WKOW) -- Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) says he doesn't understand why Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) made scathing comments about Kwanzaa, a holiday celebrated by an estimated 18 million African-Americans in the United States.

Grothman released a statement earlier this week, referring to Kwanzaa as a "fake holiday" made up by a "racist professor", which is pushed down the throats of black people by white liberals.

"Yeah, I mean, to me it just doesn't make any sense why he's doing that, I mean, I've commented on Kwanzaa in the past and everybody's got a different opinion, but I don't know why someone like that would go out of their way to alienate people over something that some people support," Gov. Walker told 27 News.  "Our standpoint is he needs to be focused on things regarding state business, not issues like that."

Grothman's comments have caused an uproar from Kwanzaa supporters. The holiday was created by Maulana Karenga, a professor at California State University-Long Beach as a way to celebrate African heritage.  He also founded the black nationalist group "Organization Us" and served time in prison for an assault conviction.

On CNN, Grothman said about Karenga, "When you have such a horrible person who founded this new holiday solely to promote or in part to promote his goofy ideology, I think we'd all have to agree that most Americans wouldn't choose to celebrate this holiday like you'd celebrate Christmas or Thanksgiving."

Kwanzaa is observed from December 26th to January first.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin State Senator Glenn Grothman is being criticized for comments he made about Kwanzaa.

Grothman said Kwanzaa was a "fake holiday" made up by a "racist professor" and pushed by liberals. Grothman went on to call the founder a "violent radical" and said Kwanzaa was a tradition that black people don't care about. "Unfortunately, there might be some young people who think it's a holiday to be respected. We've got to remember that Kwanzaa was something that was thought up by a radical person who was a leader of a sect that wound up murdering a couple Black Panthers and being very violent towards women of his own sect," Grothman said.

Grothman appeared on CNN to explain his comments further. "I think the underlying problems is that not enough T-V types, when they talk about Kwanzaa, talk about the horrible, racist, violent past of its founder.  And if they knew the past, I think Kwanzaa would die a quick death."  

Grothman's comments have caused an uproar from Kwanzaa supporters. The holiday was created by Maulana Karenga, a professor at California State University-Long Beach as a way to celebrate African heritage.  He also founded the black nationalist group "Organization Us" and served time in prison for an assault conviction. On CNN, Grothman said about Karenga, "When you have such a horrible person who founded this new holiday solely to promote or in part to promote his goofy ideology, I think we'd all have to agree that most Americans wouldn't choose to celebrate this holiday like you'd celebrate Christmas or Thanksgiving."

Kwanzaa is observed from December 26th to January first.

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