This past week the local news in the San Francisco bay area blew up with reports of Fox News Megyn Kelly’s statement on air that “Santa is just white”. The local reports were followed with man on the street style reporting of people being appalled, upset, etc.
I found it all pretty entertaining, and figured it must be making Fox News’s ratings explode since after all, it is time for the annual, “War on Christmas” reporting segments on the right leaning network and this would play perfectly into kicking off their yearly fear mongering holiday event!
But let’s step back from this media bonanza for just a second and consider just how ridiculous this all really is.
Jesus as a white man
I always enjoy entering a church or elderly person’s home and seeing a portrait of Jesus on the wall with his long flowing light brown hair, well-trimmed beard, light colored eyes and fair skin. Oh how ethereal and dare I say… white he looks! Europeans and Americans have been portraying Jesus and the Hebrews as white for quite a while now. Look back to many pieces of renaissance art and you’ll see the same thing, a European Jesus.
The funny thing is, I’ve also seen Jesus and other characters of the bible portrayed as black as well. Some people might scoff or make fun of this, but hell, why not? In fact, is it really a stretch to say that maybe the ancient Hebrews were in fact more black in appearance than white?
The nation of Israel did form out of North Africa after all, from the land of Ham in Egypt (Ham being one of Noah’s three sons) and according to some ancient historians like the Greek Herodotus, the people of Egypt where ”…black with woolly hair”.
By the time Jesus came around hundreds of years later, who knows just how black he did or did not look, but it is safe to assume he was considerably more African looking than Caucasian, probably looking something between Persian and North African.
Santa as a white man
Like Jesus, Santa too was a real person in history who was possibly not all that white looking but has been made to look completely fair skinned and Anglo! Santa Claus is based on the 4th Century Christian Saint Nicholas, a Greek who was a Bishop in what is the Antalya Province of modern day Turkey.
So like Jesus, it is also safe to assume that jolly old Saint Nick was in fact fairly brown skinned as well. Probably a bit more Mediterranean looking as opposed to African, but far from fair skinned and white nonetheless.
The media wants ratings, the general public is stupid
Bottom line, our mainstream media has no interest in serving up truthful information. The goal is selling advertisements. People like Megyn Kelly are relished by organizations like Fox News because they #1. She’s very attractive and speaks well on camera, and #2. She is amazing at getting the ignorant and stupid general public all fired up!
The everyday, shortsighted conservative now says: “The liberals want to kill our culture and ruin our traditions! They want us to be ashamed of being white! They want to destroy the fabric of America and change history!”
The everyday shortsighted liberal now says: “The conservatives are racists. They want to marginalize minorities. They want to force their Christian mono-culture down our throats! We need diversity!”
I say: Coca-Cola commercialized and made Santa Clause white you dumb fucks. Their extraordinarily successful marketing of a white, fat jolly Santa has perpetuated and solidified the version of Santa Claus we have today around the globe!
I say: a 10 minute Google search will reveal that Santa Claus was never a fair skinned white man to begin with, and neither was Jesus for that matter! People have always reimagined the subjects of tradition and faith in their own image. So get over it!
I say: this is all bullshit anyway. Who cares! Christmas is about reinforcing our overindulgent retail culture, not commemorating a faith or religion. The holiday has become bankrupt! AND CHRISTMAS IS NOT A BIRTHDAY! CHRIST WAS NOT BORN IN THE WINTER DUMBASSES!
Sorry for going on a tangent rant there at the end.