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Megyn Kelly Claims Santa Claus and Jesus are White

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On Tuesday, Slate columnist Aisha Harris published an article discussing the race of Santa Claus. From Harris’s perspective, there is an issue these days with Santa being portrayed as white, namely the fact that the United States is a multicultural society in which the caucasian race is declining proportionally. For a solution, Harris proposed that we potentially switch the image of Santa Claus from an image of a jolly, fat, white man to a penguin – something removed from the race issue and appealing to kids of all ages.

Apparently, however, a penguin is not appealing to Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly. Last night on Kelly’s show, “The Kelly File,” she took time out of her program to discuss the issue of de-racing Santa Claus as proposed by Harris. Kelly started the segment by saying, “When I saw this headline I kinda laughed and I said, ‘Oh, this is ridiculous. Yet another person claiming it’s racist to have a white Santa. And by the way, for all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white”

This line by Kelly brings a plethora of questions and issues, but two points are most important: 1) What kids would be watching Fox News?; and 2) Why is it that Santa is white?

Of course, one could make the argument that Santa is based on Saint Nicholas, a Catholic saint who was known for his generous gift-giving and penchant for miracles. Unfortunately for Kelly and others, though, even this interpretation does not lend for a white Santa. Perhaps due to the fact that we have a tendency to allude Saints with Europe and western history, saints are generally portrayed as white. Many people do not know, however, that Saint Nicholas was actually born a Greek in a province in modern-day Turkey, making his appearance become one of a Mediterranean / Middle Eastern complexion and giving us an image of a “brown” Santa Claus.

Kelly was not content at letting the “whiteness” issue of Christmas go at just Santa Claus, though. In her comments during the segment, Kelly went on to state, “Jesus was a white man too. He was a historical figure; that’s a verifiable fact—as is Santa, I want you kids watching to know that—but my point is: how do you revise it, in the middle of the legacy of the story, and change Santa from white to black?”

If Kelly understands that Jesus was a historical figure, then perhaps she should also understand that Jesus resided in the Middle East, specifically in the area of Judea along the Red Sea. Due to the environmental conditions and climate present in this area, Jesus would have most likely displayed a darker complexion, making him a “brown” man just like good ol’ St. Nick.

Many political and media analysts have recognized why Fox News hired Kelly to fill a primetime spot – She is the conservative answer as to how they plan to attract younger supporters. And thus far, Kelly has been immensely successful, being second to only Bill O’Reilly in viewers.

While Kelly may appeal to younger audiences due to the fact that she is not a curmudgeonly, old man, she is still losing on the race issue. Republicans have admitted for years that one of their main concerns in winning elections is pulling the minority vote, something which has escaped their hands for decades. By allowing the number one conservative news station in the world to continue to espouse racist opinions, conservatives are assuring themselves of continuing to lose election after election in a US that is continually becoming more and more ethnically and racially diverse.

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Megyn Kelly Claims Santa Claus and Jesus are White
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  • http://mankabros.com/blogs/onmedea Jill K

    According to Christian researchers, here is the official color of Jesus (in the form of the color number for graphic designers) – F9FFD1
    http://mankabros.com/blogs/god/2013/12/12/the-color-of-jesus/

  • Dennis P.

    Following the predictable and childish nature of the writer’s prickly opinion, liberals and the media, including MSNBC, CNN, NBC, NYT, etc.) would need to stop saying Obama is black. He is a son of a white woman.

    • Terry

      No, Obama is the son of a Jewish Woman. That means that Obama is a Jew according to the Talmud. In other words, his mother isn’t white. Obama is Jewish and that is why he has so many medical problems. Jews have at least 112 different diseases. Obama is a crack cocaine smoke, and also a homosexual. There is proof that his wife Michelle is actually a transvestite by the name of Michael LaVerne.

  • Alberta

    Because “Santa Claus” is a Scandanavian/Slavic character, I’d agree that he’s white. Jesus, however, is Jewish from the Middle Eastern/African region, so he’s not Caucasian. He’d have very curly hair and heavier features. He’s not white as depicted by European artists. They made Jesus in their image.

  • Jason

    I personally think the comments that were made by Megyn Kelly are ridiculous but I also believe that there are other things going on in this world that needs the attention. In this day and age race is a big issue and with such a multicultural nation maybe it is time for change. I do think that the lady that brought this issue up due to some childhood drama should find better and meaningful things to put her time on. Maybe to satisfy everyone I asked myself since ol saint nick is fictitious and is magical then why can he not change his appearance from house to house or to those that see him? Maybe Santa should be based more on a magical force of energy rather than a physical being that has one specific color?