Santa Claus And Jesus Christ Are White Dudes, Claims Fox News Host (VIDEO)

Santa Claus and Jesus Christ were both white, claims Fox's Megan Kelly. Painting of Jesus and Nicodemus On The Rooftop - Henry Ossawa Tanner - 1899

Fox News host Megyn Kelly insists that Santa Claus and Jesus Christ are ‘white,’ and there can be no ‘black Santa.’ That’s both racist and downright mean. “Jesus and Nicodemus On The Rooftop,” by Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1899.

Now, it seems pretty straight forward, Jesus Christ was a first-century Jewish man. According to Fox News host Megyn Kelly, that is wrong. Not only that, but Jesus — and Santa Claus — are “white.” Watch her for yourself here:

Megyn Kelly rants:

For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white. But this person is just arguing that maybe we should also have a black Santa. But Santa is what he is. Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn’t mean it has to change, you know? I mean, Jesus was a white man too. He was a historical figure, that’s a verifiable fact, as is Santa — I just want the kids watching to know that.

How absolutely racist, and historically inaccurate to boot. For one, the article she is having a fit over, Aisha Harris’ “Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore,” referred to the disconnect between how Santa Claus appears in popular (white, Anglo-centric) culture versus how people of color see him. Ms. Harris makes the case that, as Santa Claus has become a cultural icon for children of all colors around the world, images of Santa Claus in the media should reflect that. For another, neither Jesus nor Santa Claus were white, or black. Both of them were Middle Eastern men.

Yes Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus, Or Shall We Say Saint Nicholas.

Where there has been debate as to the historical authenticity of Jesus Christ, there is no such debate over Santa Claus. There is a historical figure behind Santa Claus who is very much known to be real, Saint Nicholas. Born in Turkey on the 15th of March, 270AD, Nicholas was the son of two devout Christians who was a central figure at the First Council of Nicaea, the meeting organized by the Emperor Constantine to organize the various Christian sects into a singular faith. Much of what we call Christianity today we owe to Saint Nicholas. Some of the more unusual actions of his which carried forward to Christmas, include how when a young woman would lack a dowry, he would sneak to her house at night and slipped gold into her stocking hung by the window. A genuinely good guy. And we have direct, physical evidence of him, namely his skeleton, stored in the Basilica di San Nicola, Bari, Italy.

Digital Reconstruction from skeletal remains
By the Deisis Project

Racist Fox News Host Has No Clue.

Megyn Kelly’s statement, that “Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn’t mean it has to change” is itself demonstrating the white privilege she experiences. Jesus is written of in the Bible as a Jewish man, while the historical Santa Claus is from Turkey. Neither one is the image which she claims, the privilege she expects. Because she is white, she demands that they are white as well. Sorry sister, they both were men of Middle Eastern descent, and far better people than you have ever been. Children need to see themselves reflected in their icons. This idea is lost on all members involved in this discussion. The Black Santa Claus, Black Jesus, they are needed as much as the White Santa Claus, and White Jesus. They give children a sense of inclusion in the holiday season. No forced image, even of a cute anthropomorphic penguin, can suffice. This is a holiday of inclusion, of celebration, not of building walls but to tear them down. It is shameful of Megyn Kelly to have not only taken issue with Aisha Harris’ piece, but to then attempt to steal away the cultural and historic identity of not only the figure of Jesus Christ, but of the kindly figure of Santa Claus. So this holiday season, if your Santa is white, black, brown, or any color under the rainbow, think back to the humble bishop in Turkey who gave gold to women enabling them to wed, intervened on the unjustly jailed, even saving the life of a sailor on a voyage he took to Alexandria. A genuinely good person, and a real hopeful figure upon which our jolly old elf is built upon. Yes, the original figure of Nicholas was merged with various European folklore over the millenia, but the kernel is the same. Santa Claus, more than a man, more than a saint, belongs to each and every one of us.