- II￼SantaSanta comes from a very old tradition. He was Greek, or perhaps Turkish. Originally known as Saint Nicholas. Though he may have had a tan he was semetic or as is more commonly said, “white”.
The legend of Santa Claus can be traced back hundreds of years to a monk named St. Nicholas. It is believed that Nicholas was born sometime around 280 A.D. in Patara, near Myra in modern-day Turkey. Much admired for his piety and kindness, St. Nicholas became the subject of many legends. (History.com)
Then of course the modern personification of Santa comes from the old Coke advertisements. Still those were based on elements of what came before such as the famous “A Visit from St. Nicholas” poem better known as “Twas the night before Christmas” and was then filtered through the artist’s mind and talent. Still…white.
In the article linked below we read of a couple that created some black Santa gift wrap after not being able to find any. They call him “Clarence Clause”. The creator of the wraping paper says in the article, “Last year for Christmas, I really wanted wrapping paper that featured brown Santas and I couldn’t find it anywhere. I was in the stores, and I saw rows and rows of Santas but none that looked like me…”
Okay, let that sink in for a moment. Their concern wasn’t what Santa stands for, what message he conveys, their concern was how he looks and literally the color of his skin. These parents are teaching their child to be a racist. They are teaching their child that the most important thing is to look at skin color. They are teaching their son that no matter how good Santa is or what his historical signifigance the thing to focus on is that Santa isn’t brown. Santa can never do anything good enough to overcome the fact that he’s white. Only brown people, they imply,can represent or mean anything to brown people.
I just couldn’t find a platypus Michael Jordon poster, I looked everywhere and none of the Michael Jordon’s looked like me. I just couldn’t find a white Martin Luther King poster, they were all brown, none were white. Under no alternative circumstances would such racism be considered okay and people who taught their children to be racists would be derided for it. Yet people are supposed to smile and say “good for them” because they created a smily brown Santa? I’ve heard it said that blacks can’t be racist because they’re black. But this story proves that they can be. It’s no more right when they are than when anyone else is. Perhaps it’s even worse since they should understand the issue more deeply.
North Carolina mom Jackie Rodgers, 32, couldn’t find any wrapping paper with a black Santa on it last year so she decided to make her own.