Race, Jesus, and Santa

I have thought about what Santa teaches kids. Santa is pure, and is white as snow — just like Jesus — who too is portrayed as white. Santa brings toys to good kids, just like the white Christ in a white “Christian” nation, who also brings the only hope for salvation. The white man must save the darker races since the darker races cannot have such a God — because they are brown. Thus those brown Muslims God must be dark and evil. Folks elected a man who wants to ban them because their God is dark and evil. This is where innocent white folks fail to capitulate their internal racism. But Santa is always white. We can say Santa’s race should not matter — but let us think about long-term implications on a kids development. Santa cannot be black. Black people are bad people. They march demanding equal rights, arguing that their lives matter, asking for protection from police brutality, etc. Oh, and capitalism paints black folks as pimps, pushers, and thugs. So — to a white suburban kid living in a white world — Santa must be white. For a black kid living in a black community — Santa must be white. That is what the world tells us.

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9 thoughts on “Race, Jesus, and Santa

  1. Is it ever exhausting turning everything into some sort of racial grievance? Given the origins of our modern day Santa Claus, with Saint Nicholas in Greece, who I imagine would have been more olive-skinned or maybe even a bit darker or lighter, followed by the development of our modern day Santa tradition in Europe, is it any wonder he might have ended up being depicted in popular culture as more white? Heck, he lives at the North Pole, he’s basically a Scandinavian. I guess if he wasn’t so old he’d have blond hair instead of white hair. It’s not a grand conspiracy to deny black kids a black Santa because black people are bad people.

  2. So much whitesplaining. Far be it from anyone to just let the truth of the post sit there and ruminate on the feelings. That’s low key white supremacy to dismiss and deny Edward’s lived experience. Take a seat and learn something man.

    • Ah yes, whitesplaining and low key white supremacy. That is such a cogent response that really addresses the points that I made. When one has the time to complain that Santa isn’t black, then we really are looking at first-world problems.

    • Curtis, is that like a default response for you? You used the same “explanation” on FB yesterday regardless if what people were actually saying in the conversation. I guess its a lot easier to pigeon hole folks instead of taking maybe a minute or two to consider what they’re saying. And obviously it saves a lot of time and effort in having to actually think about a response.

  3. Brandon — we just need to have a drink. I can explain more about my work, life narrative, and the extent to which I seek to do via education to dismiss white supremacy. I know you find it comical — I guess if I were a Tom or a white person I might too. You missed the point of my argument. It is a classical one dating back to societal norms that impacted black kids, thus bringing about Brown v. Board of Education and ending de jure segregation.

    • Well if we ever find ourselves in the same vicinity, I would gladly have a drink (or two, three..) with you. The merits of your argument aside, that clears things up a bit more, but I would say I didn’t miss the point given that it would be difficult for one to deduce that meaning when those things weren’t originally mentioned in the post besides the comment on the long term implications on kids’ development.

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