I got my start writing for conservative media when I was a weekly religion columnist for the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest circulation paper.
The editor officially spiked my December 2001 column debunking Kwanzaa because he felt it was “mean spirited” to “ruin other people’s holidays.”
Unofficially, of course, the Star didn’t want to risk the real or make-believe wrath of black (or, more likely, white liberal) readers. Not long after, I was abruptly informed that the paper was “moving in a different direction” and my services would no longer be required — a pattern I’ve since become all too familiar with…
So I sent the rejected column to Canada’s only “right-wing” magazine.
They eagerly accepted it, and I quickly became a regular contributor.
Yet even I couldn’t have come up with this story:
In an example of shameless Soviet-level deceit, CBS-LA reported colorful details, such as:
Some participants walked the parade carrying signs underlining important issues to the community, such as police brutality, home foreclosures, judicial corruption, transparency in government and environmental racism.
Except — there was no parade.
It didn’t happen.
An imaginary parade for an imaginary holiday.
It’s actually the most fitting “celebration” of Kwanzaa I’ve ever heard of.