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State Senator Calls Kwanzaa a ‘Fake’ Holiday

LOS ANGELES — A Wisconsin state senator is declaring war on Kwanzaa.

Glenn Grothman is accusing “hard-core left wingers” of using the holiday, celebrated by African-Americans in late December, as a way to divide the country.

In a news release, Grothman claimed “almost no black people today care about Kwanzaa,” and he directly went after the creator of the holiday, Maulana Karenga, and teachers who talk about it as “real” with their students.

Karenga, a professor at Cal State Long Beach, created the holiday back in 1966, and says he doesn’t take the senator seriously.

He says Kwanza is about giving thanks, good fortune and maintaining strong communities.

KTLA’s Glen Walker has more on the controversy.