Monday, December 29, 2008

Kwanzaa: dead or "more relevant than ever"?

Michael Moynihan of Reason says Kwanzaa is dead and proclaims good riddance, whereas Michael Eric Dyson in a Washington Post "guest voice" proclaims that Kwanzaa is "as relevant and necessary now as it's ever been." Dyson doesn't put up much of a fight, deftly avoiding saying that Kwanzaa is particularly popular, only that it's "relevant" and "necessary." Even his uncited and seemingly high number of 40 million is of people who "embrace" Kwanzaa – I can only imagine he means that's how many people celebrate it, but it's an odd choice of word. I sure would be interested to see his source, though, on the number of Kwanzaa revelers.

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