Welcome to Megyn’s World, Where Jesus and Santa are White

By: Marvin Adams (Pictured here) is a parishioner of St. Anthony’s Parish in Washington DC.

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In a different time and place, Megyn Kelly would not be vilified, excoriated or even laughed at, for having the temerity, the audacity, the unmitigated gall to pronounce: “For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white.” But maybe this person is arguing that 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. I wanted to get this straight.

Nor would she be further ridiculed for stating: “Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn’t mean it has to change. You know, I mean, Jesus is a white man, too. He was a historical figure; that’s a verifiable fact – as is Santa. I want you kids watching to know that – but my point is: How do you revise it, in the middle of the legacy of the story, and change Santa from white to black?”

Kelly made these attention grabbing comments in response to an article written by Aisha Harris, a Salon writer.  In her article, Harris argued that Santa isn’t really white and should be replaced with a penguin in order to “spare millions of nonwhite kids the insecurity and shame” of growing up with a “fat old white man.” To paraphrase Fannie Lou Hamer, a civil rights icon, I am sick and tired, of being sick and tired of all of this nonsense about race, racism and the like. But that’s fodder for a different time and story.

So let me return to Ms. Kelly, an Irish Catholic, who professes to be a Christian. Similar to the response given by then Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, when asked about the Benghazi incident, I ask Kelly, and others, what difference does it make? Have we become so cynical as to really believe that only individuals of import and substance can be white? History, both recent and past, supports Kelly’s assertions, to varying degrees.

Here in the United States, the institution of slavery gave credence and supported the belief of racial superiority. While, in Europe history gave us an individual named Adolph Hitler who promoted the myth of the Aryan Race- a race of white people with blond hair and blue eyes, who according to his propaganda, were superior to all others, from physiology to intellect. During the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, a young black man named Jesse Owens totally debunked this theory. After watching Owens win four gold medals, to say that Hitler was a little distraught would be an understatement of astronomical proportions. Additionally, the Afrikaans, in South Africa, also promoted a system which for an extended period of time, legally and systematically kept the races apart. We all know this system to be Apartheid. A system which the recently departed Nelson Mandela fought against and for which was subsequently imprisoned for 27 years.

It seems that everything written or spoken these days is somehow connected to race or politics. So it is of no surprise that there has been an inordinate amount of responses, from both ends of the political spectrum, either in support or opposition to Kelly.  Dan Poole, a writer for the Detroit Political Examiner, quotes verse after verse to support the fact that Jesus had to be white. An example of which is found in Lamentations 4:7 “Her Nazerites were purer than snow, they were whiter than milk, they were more ruddy than rubies, their polishing was of sapphire.” His conclusion, ergo, Jesus was a Nazarite by blood, thus he had to be white.  While on the other end of the spectrum, Media Matters had Jeremy Holden write a response, which basically said Kelly was promoting her own culture.

This, I maintain, has gone way past the sublime to the ridiculous. There are far too many pressing concerns which need to be addressed, relative to our country and the entire world.  Arguing about the color of Jesus and Santa, I submit, does not come anywhere close to being a priority. But if one feels compelled to do so, I respectfully ask, again, what difference does it make?

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