Friday, December 13, 2013
Is Christmas for white kids?
News alert! Christmas is for white people.
Santa Claus is white and so is Jesus. It’s a fact. So, stop complaining black people. Stick with Kwanza to express your need to be affirmed.
The news flash came from Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly. Kelly blasted a blogger for sharing the angst she felt seeing a white Santa Claus as a child and a black Santa at home.
Aisha Harris, a blogger with Slate, argued for an all-inclusive Santa due to changes in the cultural makeup of society. http://www.slate.com/articles/life/holidays/2013/12/santa_claus_an_old_white_man_not_anymore_meet_santa_the_penguin_a_new_christmas.html
“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), Harris writes. “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).”
Kelly’s response proved both a lack of sensitivity and knowledge related to the identity of the historical Jesus.
"By the way, for you kids watching at home, Santa is white. But this person is arguing that maybe we should also have a black Santa. But you know, Santa is what he is, and just so you know, we're just debating this because someone wrote about it, kids," Kelly said.
Maybe it would have helped if Kelly prefaced her comments with “white kids.” “By the way, for you white kids watching at home...” That would make it easier for the rest of us to swallow the hyperbole she spewed like proven fact.
Kelly’s insistence in protecting the traditional American spin on the Christmas story may reflect an even deeper concern regarding the way Christianity is understood as a valuation of white privilege. Affirming Jesus and St. Nick as white men distances white people as the esteemed race of Christianity.
Don’t get upset white kids. Santa and Jesus are white. Don’t worry; you are the chosen of God. Our white skin proves our place among the rest, and there’s nothing anyone can say to change our special place among the rest.
That’s what I read between the lines.
It’s presuppositions like these that have led to deep pondering related to the practice of Christianity within the context of white privilege. Theologians like James Cone, Gayarud Wilmore and J. Deotis Roberts forced questions that led to the study of Black Theology. It’s why Robert E. Wood asked Must God Remain Greek?
It’s why Katie G. Cannon, Jacquelyn Grant, and Delores Williams considered the oppression of black women to develop Womanist Theology. Grant writes about the threefold oppression of racism, sexism and classism in White Woman's Christ Black Women's Jesus.
Put another way, black scholars maintain substantial divergence with the way Christianity is avowed as an endorsement of American culture and white privilege. These scholars grapple with how the study of black radicalism is sacrificed in the celebration of Dr. King’s dream. Nonviolent resistance, and the love ethic, take center stage, while the grip of historical, institutionalized evils becomes a conversation related to days before this post-race era.
There’s no place to discuss race. Santa is white, and so is Jesus. So, shut up black people!
Got that White Kids?
As for Black Kids, deal with it. Bow to our white God! Pray that our white Jesus hears your prayers and that white Santa has time to throw a few crumbs over in your neighborhood. The Christmas story isn’t about you, or any other race of people.
Christmas is for white people!
It gives new meaning to dreaming of a “white Christmas”.
Is Kelly dreaming for the ghost of Christmas past? Does she want a Christmas with Bing Cosby singing with no black people on the set to remind her of life on the other side of the tracks? Does she want a world devoid of black people and their issues, and reminders of thoughts of her quest for supremacy?
Memo to FOX TV: Christmas is for black people. It’s also for Asian, Latino and people of mixed race.
As for Jesus, he wasn’t white. He was made white by those who fashioned him into their own image to justify their hatred for others. Do your homework before giving lecture to children. And, please remember, black and brown children are watching
Thank God for the Black Messiah. By the way, God is a God of the oppressed.
Homework courtesy of James Cone.