Liberal Says Santa Shouldn’t Be a Racist White Guy

Liberal Aisha Harris of Slate thinks it’s time that Santa Klaus “got a make over.” She thinks we need to make Santa a black penguin instead of an old, fat, racist white guy.

Mz. Harris tells of her early childhood where her family had images of a black Santa in her African American home but seeing a black Santa at home and white ones everywhere else confused her.

“Seeing two different Santas was bewildering,” Harris says. “Eventually I asked my father what Santa really looked like. Was he brown, like us? Or was he really a white guy?”

“My father replied that Santa was every color. Whatever house he visited, jolly old St. Nicholas magically turned into the likeness of the family that lived there,” she wrote.

But her father’s gentle explanation wasn’t good enough for her.

But at the time, I didn’t buy it. I remember feeling slightly ashamed that our black Santa wasn’t the “real thing.” Because when you’re a kid and you’re inundated with the imagery of a pale seasonal visitor–and you notice that even some black families decorate their houses with white Santas–you’re likely to accept the consensus view, despite your parents’ noble intentions.

So what is Harris’ solution? Make Santa a black penguin instead of a stupid, racist white guy.

Yes, a black penguin.

Aisha Harris’ “penguin Santa.”

Why? Here is Harris’ explanation:

For one thing, making Santa Claus an animal rather than an old white male could spare millions of nonwhite kids the insecurity and shame that I remember from childhood. Whether you celebrate the holiday or not, Santa is one of the first iconic figures foisted upon you: He exists as an incredibly powerful image in the imaginations of children across the country (and beyond, of course). That this genial, jolly man can only be seen as white–and consequently, that a Santa of any other hue is merely a “joke” or a chance to trudge out racist stereotypes–helps perpetuate the whole “white-as-default” notion endemic to American culture (and, of course, not just American culture).

Now, historically speaking, the Santa legend came from Roman times, through German influences and European, to the United States, and ultimately to the advertising industry. Those are all traditionally “white” influences, if a race must be assigned.

Still, do you think Harris has a point? Is a white Santa racist?

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  • Lawrence Westlake

    I’m sure all 11 of Slate’s readers alternately were bemused, confused, fired up or otherwise titillated by that Idiocracy commentary of Harris’s. Incidentally before this very moment I for one never had heard of her. Speaking of which: fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, as Dean Wormer so aptly instructed. So too we can say unequivocally that being dumb, getting two soft liberal arts degrees from loopy, urban universities, being a young airheaded liberal space cadet (BIRM, 3x), and writing for a online ragazine, also is no way to go through life. At least not if you want to avoid de facto catatonia.

  • Retired military

    You hear that Chico. You need not apply. But since you wont be working as Santa you got some spare time on your hands. How about that conversation we never finished.

    You know the one where you refuse to answer questions which are asked. instead you obfuscate, throw shineys and disregard what folks are saying

    “As I said before, try answering what people say, and not try to put words in others’ mouths, debate goes better” – Chico, Famed Wizbangblog poster

    1 Oprah,the Lamestream media, Reid, Pelosi, and other major dems have called people racist simply because they oppose Obama’s
    policies. Yet when they oppose those same policies when espoused by Bill, Hillary. Reid, Pelos, Gore, Kerry, etc etc they weren’t considered racist then by Oprah, etc etc (I don’t know isn’t good enough)

    2. People were called racist anarchist terrorists when they tried to delay Obamacare yet Al Franken who did the same thing wasn’t called Racist. Do you feel that it is because he is a democrat and the people doing the call just playing the race card because that is all they have?

    3. People were called racist anarchist terrorist when they called for the delay of all or part of Obamacare and Obama who is unconstitutionally doing the same thing is not called a racist anarchist terrorist. Do you feel that it is because he is a democrat and the people doing the calling are just playing the race card because that is all they have?

    • Commander_Chico

      Watch out, RM.

      Chico drove Jay Tea insane, and he’s still in the looney bin, we think.

      • Retired military

        And Chico chooses Option E.
        Ooohh A shiney.

        • Jwb10001

          You should also ask if Chico stereotypes all folks or just the Irish, my bet is he’s pretty much and equal opportunity bigot.

          • Commander_Chico

            Yeah, all types of humans pretty much suck.

          • Jwb10001

            Like I said equal opportunity bigot. Your mother must be proud.

          • Commander_Chico

            My mother is dead, you mean bastard.

            If you’re going to be a bigot, be an equal opportunity one.

          • Jwb10001

            Sorry for your loss, doesn’t change the fact that you are a bigot.

  • emrengineer

    A penguin? She does realize that Santa Claus is associated with the North Pole and penguin are native to the South Pole. Probably too stupid to know.

    • LiberalNightmare

      Penguins live at the south pole because if they moved north the racist white polar bears would eat them.

      Polar bears be keepin the penguins down.

  • Brucehenry

    Funny how people can look at the same funny story and laugh at two different things.

  • yetanotherjohn

    How dare she impose her cultural norms on me. Her microaggression is clearly intended to force her normative judgements on others. I see her actions as a hate crime. I think I should sue, any lawyers want to take it pro bono?

    How was that? Sincere enough? Should I have used more buzz words?

  • JWH

    I say dispense with Santa and stick with Krampus.

  • I agree Santa should NOT be a racist white guy. Just any non-racist, fat, bearded white guy will do.

  • Wild_Willie

    You can’t fix stupid. Of course how about the black kids that now have to celebrate Kwanza and pass on Santa? The perpetual victims in this country are taking us down quickly. ww

  • anita farmer

    SANTA Has been known to man for how many centuries now ?? Are U familiar with that V8 commercial where ur thumped upside the head?….. Leave Santa alone….and take on something like……I don’t know minimum wage maybe….should we fight for at least $10-12/hr…..(not $15)….shouldn’t be that hard??? Santa has come too far to turn back now…….besides birds peck with their beaks don’t they ? and we wouldn’t want that…….

  • stan25

    The liberals could not get their way on the banning of Christmas entirely, so they go after the most visible symbol of Christmas. Santa Claus. They have been trying for decades to get the Nativity Scene banned, but have not had very much luck in most places. Only in the liberal enclaves have they gotten their way.

    By calling a white Santa RAAAAAAcist, they figure that will scare people into dropping this iconic symbol, like a hot potato. I have a wake up call for these idiots, That is not going to happen anytime soon.

  • Ignorance Begets Ignorance

    Santa is not racist. The person that come up with penguin Santa is obviously ignorant. Did she not even bother to do an ounce of research? Seriously. Santa Clause is a glorified version of a man called Saint Nicholas ( if you’ve watched any of the claymation Christmas specials you would have heard this name before). He was a man of white skin who did several good deeds, and did them more than just one night a year.

    • Ignorance Begets Ignorance

      Besides don’t they have their own knockoff of Chaunaka? ( horrible at spelling). Oh yeah i remember its called Kwanza. Why doesn’t she celebrate that instead of perverting Christmas?

      • 914

        Its ‘Kwanzaa’ and its every bit as fake as the ones pushing it.

        • jim_m

          I have never met a single person that actually celebrates Kwanzaa. All I have ever found is white people nervously trying to make sure that Kwanzaa is included in any display so they don’t offend someone.

          • 914

            I remember them pushing it on all us children in about 2nd grade or so. Trying to condition us I guess. Epic fail, just like that Barack Obama bullshit song. Child abuse I say ummm umm um.

  • 914

    Much like the “Redskins” name. I am offended because I like chilly willy and do not want him exploited by the racebaiters like some cheap empty suited half white president.

  • Vagabond661

    All those Santas she sees are actually Santa’s helpers. Or at least that’s what my parents told me. I would like more evidence that he is racist since he gives out toys to ALL the good little boys and girls.

    Now we need a black Easter bunny.

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