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Justin Jacoby Smith is an organizer, web geek, Buddhist, and poet.

'no one who validates the easter bunny should mock kwanzaa'

Has there ever been a more mongrel, more made-up, country that this one? Havethere ever been two more "made up people" than the "white race" and the "black race?" This country is a mongrel mess -- and its traditions are, too. That's the whole charm of the thing. No one who takes the Easter Bunny seriously should mock Kwanzaa. This is about equality. Black people have the right to make shit up, just as white people have the right to make shit up.

--"Awesome Kwanzaa," Ta-Nehisi Coates