Hanukkah is a reminder of the miracles of Hashem and the faith of the Maccabean Warriors. Kwanzaa honors the African heritage of all Black people and focuses on important cultural and spiritual values. Kwanzaa and Hanukkah both represent traditional ideas related to perseverance, community identity, and overcoming oppressions.
This was not the first time a white Jew has questioned the authenticity of my Judaism based on the color of my skin. It was, however, the first time a white Jew had done this to me in my own home.