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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was slammed on Twitter after she and her wife, Amy Eshleman, posted a video wishing a ‘joyous Kwanzaa’ to all who celebrate.

‘Joyous Kwanzaa, Chicago!’ Lightfoot said in a video shared online. ‘The seven principles of Kwanzaa guide us to unity and cooperation as we work to uplift and protect our neighbors.’ 

 ‘As you light the candles and gather in unity, we hope your holiday is filled with rejoicing and happiness,’ Eshleman echoed.

The pair, who also used the holiday video as an opportunity to promote COVID-19 vaccinations, were criticized by Twitter users who cited the crime wave ravaging Chicago and Lightfoot’s alleged failures as leader.

‘Is this a Saturday Night Live skit?’ questioned @ParkerRinger.

‘One can only hope they include NOT stealing, obeying the law, not committing murder, produce your own income, feed and house your own kids, contribute to society and don’t be bitter and angry,’ @Jasonwarnick4 wrote. ‘Have your people follow those rules and your City won’t be in a permanent state of chaos.’

Others claimed the holiday – which was founded in 1966 by black nationalist Dr. Maulana Karenga, who was later convicted of torture – for being ‘a centuries old tradition’ and criticized Lightfoot for promoting.

Kwanzaa is an annual celebration of African-American culture held from December 26 to January 1. The seven-day celebrates seven principles of African culture which Karenga believed contributed to building and reinforcing community among African-Americans. It also incorporates seven symbols which are meant to represent values and concepts reflective of African culture.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was slammed on Twitter after she and her wife, Amy Eshleman, posted a video wishing a ‘joyous Kwanzaa to all who celebrate’

Despite their heartfelt attempt at promoting peace and unity, the couple was blasted online

Despite their heartfelt attempt at promoting peace and unity, the couple was blasted online

Despite their heartfelt attempt at promoting peace and unity, the couple was blasted online

Lightfoot and Eshleman shared their holiday video on Twitter Sunday afternoon, on the first day of Kwanzaa.

‘Amy and I wish to extend a very beautiful and prosperous Kwanzaa to all of you celebrating this season,’ Lightfoot said.

She said the holiday’s seven principles – self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith – serve as a reminder for how Chicagoans should treat each other and their community.

‘As you prepare for your Kwanzaa celebrations, I urge you to keep these values in mind,’ the mayor stated. 

‘May the light of peace bring happiness to your home as we wish you the warmth and togetherness of Kwanzaa.’

‘We wish you a wonderful seven nights celebration, and hope they are filled with renewal and joy,’ Eshleman added.

Despite their heartfelt attempt at promoting peace and unity, the couple was blasted online.

‘Thank you fellas for the message, but imma have to decline all the BS,’ @HoeBiden46 responded.

‘I’ll take things that don’t actually exist for $1000, Alex,’ said @celticmagick333.

In addition to wishing a happy holiday to the Chicagoans that celebrate, Lightfoot also pushed for vaccinations and following CDC guidelines in an effort to maintain ‘COVID-19 safe celebrations’.

‘The COVID-19 vaccines are by far the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the virus,’ said Lightfoot.

‘Anyone who isn’t vaccinated should get one as soon as possible to be protected for the holidays. And that includes five to 11-year-olds who are now eligible for the Pfizer vaccine.’

Eshleman added: ‘Fully vaccinated people can gather with others who have been fully vaccinated without restrictions. If you are not vaccinated we recommend that you don’t attend any large gatherings.

‘If you still plan to do so, we encourage to get a COVID test before attending while also masking and social distancing when possible.’

They also reminded all Chicagoans, including those who are vaccinated, not to attend any celebrations if they are experience COVID or flu-like symptoms. 

Source: Daily Mail

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