Fox "News" actor Megyn Kelly stressed today that, "...by the way, for all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white. But this person is arguing that we should also have a black Santa, but, you know, Santa is what he is, just so you know, we're just debating this."
While defending the Caucasian ancestry of the imaginary Santa Claus, Kelly added, "Jesus was a white man, too. He was a historical figure. That is a verifiable fact. As is Santa. I just want the kids watching to know that. How do you just revise it in the middle of the legacy? Of the story? And change Santa from white to black?"
Kelly is claiming it's a verifiable fact that Jesus existed, that he was a Caucasian child born to dark olive-skinned Jews, that he spent his life living in Africa and the Middle East. In other words, Kelly says it's a verifiable fact that Jesus looked like the Caucasian guy on the left, but not the brown guy on the right.
The dark skin tone of the people who lived in that part of the world at the time suggest that Jesus (if he existed) if seen today, would be described as a black man, or at least brown-skinned. From a social perspective, we have other clues; he called other men his brothers, public officials hassled him everywhere he went, authorities beat him up in custody, and he couldn't get a fair trail to save his life.
But I digress. Let's talk Santa.
I recommend checking out the Jon Stewart clip on this bs...it was priceless.
Black Santa makes me happy. It's a good thing. But it's still silly.
I mean, none of it's real, so while we're at it, we should make the Easter Bunny and the Toothfairy into fellow mythical characters of color. Actually, Casper could do with a bit of a melanin infusion too. It might be hard to explain, but what about Frosty the Charcoal-Black Snowman (should we avoid going with an Asian Snowman)?
Saint Nicholas was born in Turkey. Nikolaos of Myra Myra is now called Demre. So was he really whit?
Maybe he was technically "caucasian," but it's likely he was of a more brown tone than the stereotypical white person. The definition of 'whiteness' has changed over the years to include peoples previously conidered to be non-white, for example: Italians, Polish, Jewish, and Slavic people were not thought of as white.
The term caucasian is used by social scientists to describe more than just light skinned Europeans:
"Caucasian race (also Caucasoid) is the general physical type of some or all of the populations of Europe, North Africa, the Horn of Africa, Western, Central and South Asia. The term was used in biological anthropology for many people from these regions, without regard necessarily to skin tone." --from Wikipedia entry on 'caucasian.'
I apologize that I can't link to that article on my tablet.
As a student, at another group house, I lived with Malasian moslum kids for several months. During that time, in late spring -summer, one of the tenants suggested that I was a 'white demon'. At the time I had my shirt off and held my arm next to his, 'see I am just about as dark as you, give me a few weeks I could be much darker!'
About 2000, I took part in a sensitivity training given by the Philosophy department. We had about 40 students show up for the class. At the end of the class the prof had us all line up from darkest skin to lightest. NO ONE, was exactly the same color! I was about in the middle of the range!
Maybe a Fox cheerleader or two will be able to define for us what "black" really means in modern times, anyway? They do say Obama's black, right? Apparently, it's still only white people who define the pedigrees.
I thought Obama considered himself bi-racial?
I don't remember, but I hope so. It irritates me when people reinforce certain language just for the sake of tradition. For example, I still hear conservatives claim that racism's no longer a problem "because look, we have a black president"!