Today’s the first day of Kwanzaa, and the City of New York decided to remind local revelers about the importance of practicing safe candle:

@nycgov candle safety tweet

The tweet’s been deleted, but we’re still feeling its burn.

Here’s what @nycgov had to say about other wintertime holidays where candles could make an appearance:

@nygov also retweeted this one:

What? Nothing about candle safety??? Are those of us who don’t celebrate Kwanzaa just expected to know better?


Yeah, maybe that’s it.

Meanwhile, we’re thinking New Yorkers would be much better off taking advice from our friend @CatsPolitics:


  • Marcy Cook

    “Candle safety tips” would have been more helpful during Sandy.

    • Governor Squid

      Indeed. Also, distributing news to residents electronically during a power outage would be a perfect example of government logic at work.

  • PeterP

    Believe me, Jews know the dangers of extreme heat.

  • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Religious Jews and Santeiros light their candles all the time, all year long, not just this time of year, and might have a better idea of safety in and around candles than your average Kwanzaa observer, let’s be fair about this.

    I blame Ron Karenga for not taking safety precautions into account when he came up with this manufactured bit of “Africana” (that no real African ever heard of) forty-some years ago, back in the fro-and-dashiki era.

  • RblDiver

    Not only that, the pic linked on the frontpage shows a white baby, such a racist NYCgov!

  • Marvin Nelson

    Give me a break. Kwanzaa isn’t even a real holiday. When sending out greetings or advice, stick to holidays that were not made up for political purposes.

    • Doc Farmer ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      From Wikipedia regarding Maulana Karenga, the “inventor” of Kwanzaa:

      In 1971, Karenga was sentenced to one to ten years in prison on counts of felonious assault and false imprisonment. One of the victims gave testimony of how Karenga and other men tortured her and another woman. The woman described having been stripped and beaten with an electrical cord. Karenga’s estranged wife, Brenda Lorraine Karenga, testified that she sat on the other woman’s stomach while another man forced water into her mouth through a hose.

      A May 14, 1971, article in the Los Angeles Times described the testimony of one of the women:

      “Deborah Jones, who once was given the Swahili title of an African queen, said she and Gail Davis were whipped with an electrical cord and beaten with a karate baton after being ordered to remove their clothes. She testified that a hot soldering iron was placed in Miss Davis’ mouth and placed against Miss Davis’ face and that one of her own big toes was tightened in a vise. Karenga, head of US, also put detergent and running hoses in their mouths, she said. They also were hit on the heads with toasters.”

      Jones and Brenda Karenga testified that Karenga believed the women were conspiring to poison him, which Davis has attributed to a combination of ongoing police pressure and his owndrug abuse.

      Karenga denied any involvement in the torture, and argued that the prosecution was political in nature. He was imprisoned at the California Men’s Colony, where he studied and wrote on feminism, Pan-Africanism and other subjects. The US organization fell into disarray during his absence and was disbanded in 1974. After he petitioned several black state officials to support his parole on fair sentencing grounds, it was granted in 1975.

      Karenga has declined to discuss the convictions with reporters and does not mention them in biographical materials. During a 2007 appearance at Wabash College he again denied the charges and described himself as a former political prisoner. The convictions nonetheless continue to generate controversy during Kwanzaa celebrations

      • Calcat36

        From Ann Coulter and her post:
        I believe more African-Americans spent this season reflecting on the birth of Christ than some phony non-Christian holiday invented a few decades ago by an FBI stooge. Kwanzaa is a holiday for white liberals, not blacks.

        It is a fact that Kwanzaa was invented in 1966 by a black radical FBI stooge, Ron Karenga, aka Dr. Maulana Karenga. Karenga was a founder of United Slaves, a violent nationalist rival to the Black Panthers and a dupe of the FBI.

        When Karenga was asked to distinguish Kawaida, the philosophy underlying Kwanzaa, from “classical Marxism,” he essentially explained that under Kawaida, we also hate whites. While taking the “best of early Chinese and Cuban socialism” — which one assumes would exclude the forced abortions, imprisonment for homosexuals and forced labor — Kawaida practitioners believe one’s racial identity “determines life conditions, life chances and self-understanding.” There’s an inclusive philosophy for you.

  • JeffWRidge

    Maybe they figured that only those people dumb enough to actually celebrate kwanzaa would need to be brought up to speed about candle safety.

    • Mobetta Jenkem

      Or reminded to breathe.

      Yes, they ARE that stupid…

  • BoscoBolt

    Apparently, NYC believes that Jews and Christians are smarter, and have more common sense than kwanzaanites when it comes to burning candles.

    • PatriotRG

      they are

    • Mobetta Jenkem

      Well, there’s a reason for that….

  • Arkuy The Great

    Just wondering, how many of our fellow citizens actually, you know, observe kwanzaa? Is it more or less than observe that other manufactured holiday; Festivus?

  • Right Wired ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    In Detroit, they light abandoned houses on fire instead of candles.

    Why? Cause there’s more of them.

    • peteee363

      I didn’t know they celebrate kwanza with home candles, I thought it was only for devil’s night.

    • Jerry S

      Kwanzaa observers tend to light up the Hookah’s first, the candles later…
      Gotta be real Careful there with them dreadlocks!

  • Republicanvet

    Well, if you believe Kwanzaa originated in Africa rather than being made up by a college professor here in the US…perhaps you NEED to be told how to handle a candle safely.

    • $84598387

      The man who invented Kwanza is a CONVICTED murderer and torturer of women!

  • trixiewoobeans

    They’re just taking precautions against the years of “dumbing down” they’ve done. Evidently they’re confident they did a good job.

  • Calcat36

    Ban candles. Separation of Kwanswhatever and government!

  • BlahBlah

    So both Kwanzaa celebrants are now offended?

    • Calcat36

      Even the one blew it off for Hawaii!

  • CrustyB

    I think candles are a particular Kwanzaa hazard during the traditional “Torture of the two women with bleach and irons” ceremony.

  • BoscoBolt

    Kwanzaa; the entire holiday is a fake and was invented out of thin air by a radical ex-con named Ron Karenga.

  • Justa Seagull

    But then snow is rayciss because it is YT… will fine anything they can as being rayciss

  • Zathras11 @B5

    ‘Racist dogwhistle?’ City of New York tweets ‘candle safety’ advice for QUASI revelers


  • Zach Smith

    I know almost nothing about Kwanzaa. Could it be that it involves some particularly dangerous candle play?