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The Santa Claus and Jesus Christ is White Debate

Updated on December 17, 2013
The German version in the 1800s. America got most of its Santa Claus story from Germany.
The German version in the 1800s. America got most of its Santa Claus story from Germany.
The first St. Nicholas who helped the poor.
The first St. Nicholas who helped the poor.

At the heart of the somewhat silly issue is a throwback to this age old debate based on race. Fox news woman, Megan Kelly, commented that Jesus Christ and Santa are white during a newscast. Fox news is slightly right of the middle politically, depending on the host. MSNBC could not be more to the left than any news channel. CNN tries to be in the middle but slants to the left. Both, CNN and MSNBC quickly jumped all over Fox for the "racial" comments during a news story of Christmas.

Many black and other non-white media persons also made their voices heard, almost as if the "N" word had been used. Really!

So, what are the facts. Can't argue with historical facts unless you simply do so for the hell of it. Before Santa Claus came to America, there was Saint Nicolas in Germany. This was long ago, so long ago in another century. To be exact, the 4th Century has the St. Nicholas who was Greek. Call him the forerunner of Santa Claus. He did pretty much what Santa does. But make no mistake about, he was white. Whether you like it or not, he was white. You cannot change a historical fact. All images of him are white. Many of the European countries as far back as 16th century have a "Father Christmas" theme, all are white. Now, maybe the copy cats were black and brown, but the original beginnings were white.

As to Jesus, well, he was Middle Eastern, so technically, he would not be white, but more of a olive skin color, maybe like many Arabs. Regardless, the key point is he was not black, that is for sure.

Is there really damage to a child's psyche because the gifts they get come from white Santa? Santa's skin color is totally irrelevant to any kid, it is about getting the presents they wished for, the story of it. Only the sensitive adults who are non-white take issue with it, when I am sure they do have black and brown santas in their homes or events, which is fine.

It is totally fine to have a santa of any color or for that matter, a black Jesus. The importance is to believe and accept him in your heart. But, historical facts show Jesus was not black and more close to olive skin.


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    • swordsbane profile image

      William Grant 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      The problem is that "white" with regard to race has come to mean not just skin color, but ethnic background (ie Western European, as opposed to middle eastern and yes... Greek) So in this case, the nitpickers have it right. Neither Santa Claus nor Jesus were "white" They were Mediterranian and Middle-Eastern respectively. They were ethnically non-white.

      However, as you have stated; kids don't care, so why should we?

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 4 years ago

      I don't see how the color of Santa's skin should make a difference to anyone or make someone feel inferior. So someone you admire/believe in was (fill in the blank) in color. Big deal, how does that change who the person was? Good hub... interesting info.