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Gov. Walker does little to distance himself from Republican's Kwanzaa comments


MADISON, WI (WTAQ0 - Governor Scott Walker is distancing himself from the criticism of a fellow Republican lawmaker's comments about Kwanzaa.

West Bend Senator Glenn Grothman recently called the African-American cultural holiday observance fake and fraudulent saying the only people who care about Kwanzaa are quote, “white left-wingers who try to shove this down black people’s throats in an effort to divide America.”

Walker tells WKOW-TV in Madison that it didn’t make any sense for Grothman to quote, “alienate people over something that some people support.”

Walker said the controversy takes away from the state government’s business.

Meanwhile, the State Democratic Party says Walker should have gone further, and joined the party’s black caucus in denouncing Grothman’s comments.

Party spokesman Graeme Zielinski says Walker seems to have little interest in denouncing the remarks.

Grothman appeared on CNN this week after his criticism of Kwanzaa made national news.

The founder of the observance, Cal State-Long Beach professor Ron Karenga, said Grothman has issues – and that he’s discrediting the rights of black people to choose their own special culture.