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What race is Santa, and more importantly, does it really matter in the slightest?

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  • Center Left
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    Denton, TX
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    What's everyone's take on this Megyn Kelly, white Santa thing?


    A few things to keep in mind before you weigh in:
    Jesus, assuming he did exist, was born in the Middle East to a Jewish family. It is almost impossible for him to be Anglo Saxon

    Saint Nicholas was indeed a Greek bishop but he was born in modern day Turkey which was controlled by Greece at the time. Nearly all depictions of him show him being a very dark, Middle Eastern man.

    Santa Claus is a mythical figure who lives in the North and visits every house in the world once a year. He has been depicted is 1000's of different ways varying in build, ethnicity, garb and personality. It varies from country to country.

    So my biggest question is simple. Putting aside all the historical errors, who really cares what race Santa is? The whole Santa thing is something fun parents do for their children. If one set of parents decide to depict Santa as black, red, pink, neon green or as a lovable dolphin, why should that bother anyone else in the slightest? They can depict Santa however they want. I am almost shocked that Fox News devoted an entire segment of air time to this but then I remember that it's Fox News.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Zach F Wrote: What's everyone's take on this Megyn Kelly, white Santa thing?


    A few things to keep in mind before you weigh in:
    Jesus, assuming he did exist, was born in the Middle East to a Jewish family. It is almost impossible for him to be Anglo Saxon

    Saint Nicholas was indeed a Greek bishop but he was born in modern day Turkey which was controlled by Greece at the time. Nearly all depictions of him show him being a very dark, Middle Eastern man.

    Santa Claus is a mythical figure who lives in the North and visits every house in the world once a year. He has been depicted is 1000's of different ways varying in build, ethnicity, garb and personality. It varies from country to country.

    So my biggest question is simple. Putting aside all the historical errors, who really cares what race Santa is? The whole Santa thing is something fun parents do for their children. If one set of parents decide to depict Santa as black, red, pink, neon green or as a lovable dolphin, why should that bother anyone else in the slightest? They can depict Santa however they want. I am almost shocked that Fox News devoted an entire segment of air time to this but then I remember that it's Fox News.
    What I find is the most "funny" thing they do here, is mix all these things in their front yard; a "translucent plastic" naked lighted up "baby" Jesus with a reindeer at his side and flashing antlers, a Santa hat on the baby and colored walking sticks all around (for the crippled reindeer?) surrrounded by confederate flags as well a couple of plastic pagan X-Mas trees with at least 4 different color flashing lights Hallejuja!!
  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    Zach,
    You are correct about their origins and probable skin tones. I think the answer is: Jesus and St. Nick are whatever color you want or imagine them to be. Historically they would have a regional skin tone. The Anglo groups sure white washed their icons.
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    Apparently a writer for Slate started this by writing a piece titled "Santa doesn't have to be white" or something like that.

    Then Kelly commented on the piece and claims that her comments were "tongue in cheek" when she said that not only was Santa white, but Jesus was too.

    Then others in the media who have nothing better to do but pretend to be offended by this trivial topic had to jump into the fray. Why see the humor in someones comments when you can instead choose to be offended?

    This brings up two questions:

    1. How desperate is a writer to get his or her 5 minutes of fame that they would actually write the article in the first place?

    2. Who really cares and what possible difference does it make?

    So there we have it. A "news" item (that is not news at all) that was generated out of thin air is actually getting national TV coverage. Who says that America has too many hours of cable news time to fill up?
  • Liberal
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    Durham, NH
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    But it's better than watching "da game" on TV ;)