20 December 2013

Santa Claus is a White Man, Deal With It

Santa Claus
Sometimes people are over-reacting too much. Maybe because it's a slow news day, but this does not excuse everyone to ignore some historical facts just to satisfy their philosophical need to be politically correct.

Santa Claus is a fictional, folkloric and mythical character, right?

The character was derived from the Dutch figure of Sinterklaas, which, in turn, has part of its basis in hagiographical tales concerning the historical figure of Christian bishop and gift giver Saint Nicholas.

During the Christianization of Germanic Europe, this figure may have absorbed elements of the god Odin, who was associated with the Germanic pagan midwinter event of Yule and led the Wild Hunt, a ghostly procession through the sky.

Over time, traits of this character and the British folklore character Father Christmas merged to form the modern Santa Claus known today.

Santa Claus is generally depicted as a portly, joyous, white-bearded man—sometimes with spectacles—wearing a red coat with white collar and cuffs, white-cuffed red trousers, and black leather belt and boots and carries a bag full of gifts for children.

Lastly, he is a white man. There is no question about it if you based your analysis on the historical roots mentioned above. He is not black, brown, yellow or red. He is white.

There no sense insisting that he has a different skin tone than white. You can argue all you want about it, but everyone knows Santa Claus is white.

If you say that children should be “able to use their imagination when talking about Santa Claus,” then by all means allow them. But don’t try to change the general perception that the fictional character is white and will always be white. No amount of philosophical or historical manipulation can change that, so go on and live your life.

Oh, Fox News Channel host Megyn Kelly is right. Santa Claus is indeed white.