The Santa Clause

The fact that so many people were offended by the idea that Santa Claus could be anything other than white says a lot about our country.  Race is still a sensitive and divisive issue.  Here’s the thing about Santa Claus.  First of all he’s not real.  Secondly the person who works overtime, is concerned about the child who sits down and reads the letters to Santa, the person who stays up late at night struggling through complicated instructions putting toys together (which may  be a thing of the past), that person is Santa Claus to that child. My Santa Claus, was (and still is) a hard-working black  man who had seven children. He worked as a longshoremen during the day and re-upholstered furniture into the wee hours of the night to make sure that we got what we wanted and needed for Christmas.  Why should some strange  white man be given credit for that?  When I became a parent, and my (ex)husband and I did the same thing for our children I realized how silly it is to give someone else credit for it.  But this Santagate mess is not really about Santa, or even Christmas.  It is about the fact that white privilege is unaware of itself to such a degree that people would be  offended by the fact that someone who is not white would want a more inclusive symbol of a cultural holiday.  Let’s face it, Christmas in the USA is certainly more of a cultural than religious holiday(but that’s whole other story!)

No, Megyn Kelly, Santa  is not “just white”.  By the way neither is Jesus.

” Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn’t mean it has to change.”

It’s time for Amerikkka to grow up.  There are people who live here that are not White.  We are contributing members of society.  We are intelligent, critical thinkers, and our opinions are just as important as anybody else’s.  We’re not leaving.

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~ by Diva2de on December 19, 2013.

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