SANTA CLAUS: Transcends stereotype

Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly whipped up quite a whirlwind of holiday anger earlier this week when she proclaimed on her show that Santa Claus is, in fact, a white man.

“And by the way, for all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white,” she said.

Kelly has since made the statement she was only having a bit of light-hearted fun, and that everyone should learn to get a sense of humor.

I’ve watched the clip a few times. I failed to see her or any of the three other people on the panel she was talking with laugh.

I guess her humor was lost on pretty much everyone other than herself.

So now here comes a sentence I never thought I’d say in my life: Doesn’t Santa Claus transcend race?

Some people might imagine Santa as a tattooed biker whose face is riddled with piercings. Others may choose to imagine him as the cherubic, jolly elf of old-style Christmas cards. People of different races likely imagine him to look like someone of whatever race they happen to be.

The big question of the morning then is this: Who cares? Would it be so terrible if Santas across America should start to show just how diverse and wonderful the people of this country truly are?

No, I do not agree with Megyn Kelly that “Santa just is white.” I don’t believe Santa is just black either, or just Hispanic, or just Native American, or any other single race, color or creed. Santa does not have to check that particular box.

Santa is whatever we make him. He is a symbol of what’s good in this world, of selfless giving and the spreading of joy to children. He is every race, color and creed.

The holiday season is a time to come together and to celebrate the humanity that still exists in this world.

It’s a time to honor each other and the good deeds occurring amidst all the craziness we hear about daily.

It’s a time to snuggle with our children and tell them of this wonderful man named Santa Claus, whose only job is to ensure kids are safe, happy and warm on Christmas Day.

It’s not a time to begin proclaiming with absolution the race of a children’s character, and it is most certainly not the time to drag religious figures into a debate about race.

“By the way, I also did say Jesus was white,” Kelly said during her thin excuse for an explanation on how she was kidding during her original segment. “As I’ve learned in the past few days, that is far from settled.”

It appears Kelly learned quite a bit in the past few days, but could still use a few more lessons.

Let’s hope Santa, no matter what race he is, can find it in his heart to leave her something other than a giant lump of coal this Christmas.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Jackie Stark is a Chocolay Township resident and a staff reporter at The Mining Journal. Her column appears bi-weekly. She can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242.