Why Not A Black Santa?

Why Not A Black Santa?

There are 743 comments on the www.womanist-musings.com story from Nov 28, 2009, titled Why Not A Black Santa?. In it, www.womanist-musings.com reports that:

The kids are really looking forward to this. I expect it will be the same man that has played Santa for many years in the city riding in the parade. It is this expectation that made me think about the fact that my children have never seen a Black Santa. In fact, when I think of Santa I can only envision a White man because that is what has most popularly been portrayed.

While I want my child to see a Black Santa because they should grow up seeing images that reflect them, if it is not positive, if the images are encoded with all of the negative stereotypes that are attached to Black people, it will do more harm than good.

So many of the images that are positive in this culture are associated with Whiteness; even when the original legend or story involved a person of color. Jesus is the prime example of this. In early Christianity images were truer to what Jesus may have looked like because he was often drawn with darker skin. There is no way that Jesus was a White man with Blue eyes. Now we may say that it is not important what color he was because of the message that he came to earth to deliver but that can only be the case if we lived in a color blind world.

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Trufax

Country Club Hills, IL

#1 Nov 28, 2009
White creation is White? OH MY BLANKITY BLANKING GOD?
PTBW forever

Houston, TX

#2 Nov 28, 2009
St. Nick was white, Santa Claus was a real person that we know for a fact is white.

This thread is so stupid
I hate U

Newark, NJ

#3 Nov 28, 2009
Saint Nicholas is a real person. So why would he be black.

This is just like whites trying to paint Jesus with blonde hair and blue eyes.

Since: Jul 07

Jamaica Queens, New York

#4 Nov 28, 2009
When I was kid my mother made me take a picture with a black santa and I started screaming and crying. I'm like WTF, this aint santa claus he is black lol. I still have the picture of me crying on his lap. Since I vocalized my opinions I know he must have been offended.
keep to the issue

Oklahoma City, OK

#6 Nov 28, 2009
This is the season for peace, and good will. The children grow so fast,so quickly and then are exposed to the world-the idea is for christmas spirit-it does not matter who is the santa.
please, peace and understanding at this time.
my mother/preacher directions to us when young
mike

Cambridge, MA

#8 Nov 28, 2009
well, at least when a black santa say's ''ho ho ho''he will mean it!.

Since: Nov 09

Upper Darby, PA

#10 Nov 28, 2009
Well santa does have a black helper named Peter. Infact he is called the black Peter. This Peter makes a list of boys and girls who have been bad, and Santa know to pass their houses.

That's right!
In the Netherlands, Black Peter is Santa's helper who judges which children were bad during the year. Children are told that Black Peter will enter the house through the chimney and leave a bundle of sticks or salt in their shoes instead of candy if they have been bad. Extremely bad children, they are told, will be put into Black Peter's gunny bag and carried off.

“AtalantaCameFrom GreekMythology”

Since: Nov 09

Atlanta, GA

#11 Nov 28, 2009
F@#$ Christmas. Why? Nobody knows the real meaning about it.

“reppin' dat 2up 2 down”

Since: Sep 07

Va

#12 Nov 28, 2009
Aint no such thing as Santa. Parents lie to their children every year. There is no fat white man who rides a sleigh with reindeer coming down through Chimneys. I've never believed in Santa before because my mom always told me the truth.

Since: Oct 08

South Bay, Fl.

#13 Nov 28, 2009
T girl Charlie wrote:
Well santa does have a black helper named Peter. Infact he is called the black Peter. This Peter makes a list of boys and girls who have been bad, and Santa know to pass their houses.
That's right!
In the Netherlands, Black Peter is Santa's helper who judges which children were bad during the year. Children are told that Black Peter will enter the house through the chimney and leave a bundle of sticks or salt in their shoes instead of candy if they have been bad. Extremely bad children, they are told, will be put into Black Peter's gunny bag and carried off.
Black Peter????? What the Hell???? It's Santa's elfs. Black Peter!!! ROTFLMAO!!!
TRUTH

Orofino, ID

#15 Nov 28, 2009
why not a white slackjawwed Jezabel Zulu Cheiftan?

Since: Aug 09

South Africa

#16 Nov 28, 2009
Duh, he would pass out malt liquor and firearms to children, drink all the beer from the fridge and track muddy footprints all over your house besides urinating off of your damn roof and breaking a bunch of roof tiles.

Since: Aug 09

South Africa

#17 Nov 28, 2009
Splibless wrote:
black santa will steal all your stuff and rape your mom!
LMFAO

“THE RAVEN”

Since: Jul 09

Location hidden

#18 Nov 28, 2009
Boy f--k that gd sh-t. They been down this gd road.

U lame azz mf going around in circles. A bunch of lame azz mf crackas.
f--k the dumb sh-t. Get a mf-ing life bi-ch.

Since: Aug 09

Windermere, FL

#19 Nov 28, 2009
I wonder where kids learn racism from, anyway...???...

I guess the Easter Bunny can't be white anymore, either, then, right?

Saints Valentine and Patrick are in for a shock.

Change change change,
....yes we can!

Since: Aug 09

Windermere, FL

#20 Nov 28, 2009
Splibless wrote:
black santa will steal all your stuff and rape your mom!
Dude, I don't care WHAY day of the year it is, if there's a fat black man in a red pimp suit with a freaking pillowcase over his shoulder up on MY roof,
....
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Hannibal

Chicago, IL

#21 Nov 28, 2009
T girl Charlie wrote:
Well santa does have a black helper named Peter. Infact he is called the black Peter. This Peter makes a list of boys and girls who have been bad, and Santa know to pass their houses.
That's right!
In the Netherlands, Black Peter is Santa's helper who judges which children were bad during the year. Children are told that Black Peter will enter the house through the chimney and leave a bundle of sticks or salt in their shoes instead of candy if they have been bad. Extremely bad children, they are told, will be put into Black Peter's gunny bag and carried off.
you are correct to a point. the name is Zwarte Piet. which means black pete.

folklore has that st nick enslaved a devil/demon to assist him.
Wilma

West Palm Beach, FL

#22 Nov 29, 2009
You may get your wish. The 2009 White House National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on Thursday, Decemebr 3, 2009, at 5:00 p.m., on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C. and then broadcast on PBS on Friday.(I wonder if CSPAN will run it live). In past years there is a stage and the president talks to santa. Last year Bush fist bumped santa and spoke to some kids.

So I wonder what color will santa be this year?
Caffeinated

Roselle, IL

#23 Nov 29, 2009
There is no black Santa, because many black men don't want to spend time with their own kids, let alone someone elses.
Cntsyitnybtr

Cleveland, OH

#24 Nov 29, 2009
Well, I for one don't recall anyone dressed in white and red bringing gifts except my parents, my families, and my friends...
Therefore, I lost respect for the myth of a Santa Claus as a child..PERIOD!!!
Now, if I give honors to anyone...it will be to the one who keeps me alive, showed me how to love myself, my own kind, humanity and warms my face with the sun and lights my darkness with the moon...
Now I wonder, WHO and WHAT WOULD THAT BE?????
IT CERTAINLY AIN'T NO SANTA OR HIS ELVES, I DON'T CARE WHAT COLOR HE/SHE/IT IS!!!
This is a myth made for...GUESS WHO!!!!

"Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle or simply "Santa", is the legendary and mythical figure who, in many Western cultures, brings gifts to the homes of the good children during the late evening and overnight hours of Christmas Eve, December 24[1] or on his Feast Day, December 6 (Saint Nicholas Day).[2] The legend may have part of its basis in hagiographical tales concerning the historical figure of gift giver 'PALE SKIN' Saint Nicholas."

I know, I know, I cried too when reality finally hit me!!!!

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