CHICAGO, December 13, 2013 — Megyn Kelly is a smart lady. The Fox News Channel host knew she would be ticking off the liberal media en masse when she discussed a strange Slate piece that lamented Santa Claus’ white skin color — rosy cheeks and all — and said this:
“By the way, for you kids watching at home, Santa just is white. But this person is arguing that maybe we should also have a black Santa. But you know, Santa is what he is, and just so you know, we’re just debating this because someone wrote about it, kids.”
Now the media are up in arms about her claim about Santa’s frosty white skin color.
But Kelly didn’t stop there.
“Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn’t mean it has to change. You know, I mean, Jesus was a white man too. But you know it’s like we have — He was a historical figure, I mean that’s a verifiable fact — as is Santa, I just want the kids watching to know that.”
Sadly, the liberal media are claiming that Kelly is a racist for saying Santa and Jesus were two white guys.
Yet no backlash against the Slate author Aisha Harris, who proclaimed in her piece that Kris Kringle should be turned into — wait for it — a penguin. Harris argued that turning Santa into an animal would “spare millions of nonwhite kids the insecurity and shame that I remember from childhood.”
Shame and insecurity?
Harris says that Santa’s current “whiteness” helps “perpetuate the whole ‘white-as-default’ notion endemic to American culture” and he “should not be a white man anymore.”
Plus, Harris says, “everybody loves penguins.”
It does not get anymore inane than that. Yet, there has not been a peep — or in this case a quack — from the media on Harris’ penguin proposal. The problem here isn’t Megyn Kelly. The real racists here are the folks in the liberal media who are fixated on the skin color of this beloved holiday icon.
Santa Claus isn’t just a fictional character, as some would like to contend. He is a symbol of Christmas, a Christian holiday, and he was inspired by the real life of St. Nicholas, a Christian saint.
Of course, over the centuries, the Christian holiday has been “paganized” and aspects of the Santa mythology can even be traced back to the Nordic god, Odin, and his reindeer sleigh.
Fox News is right to call out the “War on Christmas.” All of this fuss is part of a larger attempt to strip Christmas of its Christian and historical origins: to remove Christ from Christmas.
This isn’t being melodramatic. Turning Santa Claus into an unrecognizable penguin in a red hat is as far removed from the life and times of St. Nicholas and the Western-Christian traditions surrounding him as you can get. Reducing a Christian saint and his larger than personification in Santa Claus to a penguin is both silly and insulting.
So, yes, Virginia, Santa Claus’ skin color does matter, just not in the way you may have heard.
If Harris grew up uncomfortable around Santa Claus because he is a “white guy” that is a shame. It shows that the Left’s über obsession with race consciousness is fundamentally destructive. It shows that, even at Christmas, we “can’t all get along.” Through media and entertainment, America still teaches young black kids that it is “OK” to “hate white people” or, at bare minimum, to distrust and be repelled by them. Black leaders like Rev. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton preach hate, divisiveness, and victimization; they don’t preach skin color equality.
So then how can we expect that some little black kid is going to want an old white guy coming down his chimney in the middle of the night for Christmas?
Still, we also cannot destroy our cultural icons and rebuild them along more racially sensitive lines to appease the politically correct crowd. There is a history here. There is an origin story that should not be forgotten. The real St. Nick needs to be in there somewhere.
Jesus’ origin story should not be forgotten either. He is the real reason Americans celebrate the holiday. The historical Jesus might not have been 6’2” or had the flowing hair of a Rembrandt portrait. By all historical accounts, though, he was probably a weather-beaten white guy.
Now get over it and Merry Christmas.
William J. Kelly is a producer of Emmy award-winning TV and conservative columnist. He currently hosts “Power Player” on Tribune’s 24-hour news channel CLTV. He is also a contributor to the American Spectator and Breitbart.com. He is a native from Chicago’s Southside.
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