Kamala Harris Facing Calls To Remove Account After Kwanzaa Post

By Robert Cunningham, updated on December 27, 2023

In a nation divided, the White House's Kwanzaa celebration stirs up mixed emotions.

The Biden administration's engagement with Kwanzaa on social media has sparked a significant response, underscoring the holiday's complex cultural resonance.

The celebration of Kwanzaa by President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris through official channels has not gone unnoticed. Their focus on unity and faith, core principles of the Kwanzaa tradition, is intended to reflect the administration’s commitment to these values. Yet, this public acknowledgment has polarized opinion, with some questioning the authenticity of the holiday and the sincerity of government officials in their observance.

Biden Administration's Embrace of Kwanzaa

The Biden administration, including President Joe Biden, actively participated in Kwanzaa celebrations on various social media platforms. They emphasized the holiday's principles, particularly unity and faith, aligning with the first principle of Kwanzaa, Umoja, which calls for racial unity. This move was seen as an effort to acknowledge and celebrate African American culture and heritage.

However, the administration's posts were met with various responses, from support to skepticism. Some public reactions questioned the authenticity of the holiday itself and the sincerity of the administration's connection to it. The mixed responses reflect the ongoing debates about the role and recognition of cultural holidays in American politics.

Vice President Harris, in particular, faced harsh criticism over her previous claims of celebrating Kwanzaa. A video from 2020, in which Harris shared her Kwanzaa experiences, became a focal point of controversy, with critics pointing out that she was born before the holiday's inception in 1966.

Criticism and Skepticism on Social Media

Comments on social media ranged from sarcastic to overtly critical, with some questioning Vice President Harris's childhood connection to Kwanzaa. One such comment read, "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," highlighting the skepticism about Harris' personal history with the holiday.

"Kwanzaa is not a real holiday, just like Joe Biden is not a real president," was a typical response to President Biden's Kwanzaa posts, reflecting the polarized views on both the holiday and the current administration.

Reactions towards Vice President Harris were particularly pointed, with comments like "Kwanzaa is fake. Stop" and "This holiday is almost as fake as your laugh." These responses underscore the intense scrutiny and criticism public figures face on social media, particularly when discussing personal or cultural topics.

Background and Controversy of Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa, created in 1966 by Ron Everett, also known as Maulana Ndabezitha Karenga, has a complex history. Karenga, a black nationalist and founder of the United Slaves Organization, has been a controversial figure, especially given his past criminal convictions. This history has contributed to the skepticism surrounding the holiday.

The Dartmouth Review's 2001 recap of Karenga's background, including his prison sentence for felonious assault and false imprisonment, has fueled debates about the legitimacy and meaning of Kwanzaa. As seen in the Biden administration's recent posts, these discussions often surface when public figures and institutions recognize the holiday.

Other departments in the Biden administration, such as the Department of Education, Health and Human Services, and the Department of Transportation, also shared messages celebrating Kwanzaa. These posts were part of a broader effort to recognize and honor cultural diversity within the administration and the country.

Conclusion

The Biden administration's celebration of Kwanzaa has opened up important discussions about cultural recognition, authenticity, and the role of public figures in these conversations.

  • The Biden administration celebrated Kwanzaa across its official social media channels.
  • Vice President Kamala Harris faced criticism for her previous claims of celebrating Kwanzaa.
  • The authenticity of Kwanzaa and the administration's connection to it was a major point of debate.
  • Comments on social media ranged from sarcastic to critical, reflecting a divided public opinion.
  • Kwanzaa's founder, Ron Everett (Maulana Ndabezitha Karenga), had a controversial history, impacting perceptions of the holiday.

About Robert Cunningham

With years of experience at the forefront of political commentary, Robert Cunningham brings a blend of sharp wit and deep insight to his analysis of American principles at the Capitalism Institute.

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