CNN’s Roland Martin Takes on Wis. State Senator Who Started a War on Kwanzaa

Wisconsin state Senator Glenn Grothman caused quite a stir on Monday when he began bashing Kwanzaa for absolutely no reason. Roland Martin KwanzaaDuring his rant, Grothman wondered, “Why must we still hear about Kwanzaa?” and , “Why are hard-core left wingers still trying to talk about Kwanzaa – — the supposed African-American holiday celebration between Christmas and New Year’s?”  Then Grothman went on CNN and attempted to explain his comments to host Ashleigh Banfield and Roland Martin, both of whom tried to get to the heart of Grothman’s hatred of Kwanzaa.

Grothman said his main concern with the holiday was that it was started by  Maulana Karenga, a person with a  “violent, racist past”, then Grothman went on to say that “not enough TV types” understand this about Kwanzaa.

At the start of the program, Banfield revealed on air that Grothman had refused to appear on air with Roland Martin because the lawmaker did not want to debate someone who was pro-Kwanzaa. When Grothman challenged Banfield, saying she was misrepresenting the facts, Banfield introduced Martin, who was waiting in the wings so he could debate Grothman.

Martin asked Grothman why, with so many holidays,  he had singled out Kwanzaa. Banfield pointed out that she had never seen anyone  “raise a pitchfork or a fist to celebrate Kwanzaa”, and when she pointed out to Grothman that President George W. Bush praised  Kwanzaa, Grothman said that was one of his many reasons why Bush “was an irritating president for some of us.”

Martin then asked Grothmam if he celebrated Columbus Day and whether Columbus was a violent man. Grothman answered that Columbus was not a violent man, to which Martin replied, “you don’t know history.”


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  1. You all give the old African hating Europen man too much notice. Why does he no go anhd criticize some European or European Jewish holiday. Ignore the man.

  2. Get him Roland, he's obviously an "ignorant" racist.

  3. Herman Hawkins Jr.

    This is tea(flea) party madness at its core.

  4. if this BEAST stepped out' in the life giving SUN' it would probably catch on fire! JUST LOOK at IT "! It looks like a NUT/ my balls.. A D***? yes?

  5. This guy is worse than John McCain, he's NUTS!

  6. I think people are choosing the wrong battles to fight. This guy must not realize that people are not just gonna sit around and accept his foolishness. Thank God for people like Roland Martin who has a platform to speak truth.

  7. Nyabinghi = DEATH to all Downpressers! keep the fire burning!

  8. We love you exposed this racist as an ignornat fool when you made him say Columbus wasn't a violent man when comparing him to the founder of Kwanzaa.