Lori Lightfoot Warns Unvaccinated Chicagoans in Video Wishing a ‘Joyous Kwanzaa’ to All


    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) and her spouse Amy issued a warning to unvaccinated Chicagoans as part of a video wishing all a “joyous Kwanzaa” — a holiday created by black nationalists — while claiming the Marxist-rooted holiday's principles “guide us to unity and cooperation.”

    “Joyous Kwanza [sic], Chicago! Amy and I wish to extend a very beautiful and prosperous Kwanzaa to all of you celebrating this season,” Lightfoot said in a video alongside her spouse on Sunday.

    “As you light the candles and gather in unity, we hope your holiday is filled with rejoicing and happiness,” Amy said, followed by the mayor who claimed Kwanzaa’s seven principles — the same principles of the Symbionese Liberation Army — “guide us to unity and cooperation as we work to uplift and protect our neighbors.” Those Marxist-rooted principles include ujima, which means “collective work and responsibility,” as well as ujamaa, which means “cooperative economics.”

    Camille Yarborough sings African music behind a traditional 'kinara' candelabra during a news preview of the 'Kwanzaa 2004: We Are Family' festival at the American Museum of Natural History December 22, 2004 in New York City. The festival will take place December 26 and will include traditional African dance, spoken word, drumming and live musical performances. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

    (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

    During the video, Lightfoot dramatically pivoted into a lecture on getting vaccinated, urging people to maintain “COVID-19 safe celebrations” and touting vaccines as the “best way” to protect people from the virus.

    “And that includes 5-11-year-olds, who are now eligible for the Pfizer vaccine,” she continued, as Amy made it clear that only fully vaccinated individuals should gather with others who have been fully vaccinated “without restrictions.”

    A child, 11, receives the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for children in Montreal, Quebec on November 24, 2021. - Today is the first day that children are allowed to receive the version of the vaccine designed for children aged 5 to 11 years old in Canada. (Photo by Andrej Ivanov / AFP) (Photo by ANDREJ IVANOV/AFP via Getty Images)

    A child, 11, receives the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine (ANDREJ IVANOV/AFP via Getty Images).

    “May the light of peace bring happiness to your homes. We wish you the warmth and togetherness of Kwanzaa. Habari Gani, Chicago,” Lightfoot added:


     The Kwanzaa greeting generated a significant amount of mockery on social media.

    “‘You must have a cultural revolution before the violent revolution.’ – Maulana Karenga, founder of Kwanzaa in 1966. Choose better heroes,” one user said.

    “How many people were shot this weekend?” another asked.

    “Please tell me this is a joke,” another begged.

    Lightfoot is hardly the only politician to wish people a Happy Kwanzaa while blatantly ignoring its black nationalist and Marxist roots, as President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris extended their warmest regards as well:



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