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Really Americans?!!!! Really?!

I had to interrupt my Sagittarius Season thing for this?!!!

The greatest holiday of all time (of all time)  is coming up next Wednesday. Yes, Christmas. And many around the world is or might be getting the goodies in which might be best. Can’t say the greatest, but best for now.

What is up with the right wingers stuff about Santa is white? Yes, when I was growing up I’ve seen White Santas. No question. But however, as a I got older, I’ve seen black Santas. Yes, you right wing folks in all shapes, I’ve seen Santa Claus with white skin and black skin. I see where this is going. Another divisional useless political stuff out of of all people Megyn Kelly of Fox News thinking 100% that Santa is a white dude. Heck, Santa could be black and sneak in the back door on Christmas Eve and deliver presents. Should I believe Megan Kelly’s rhetoric on Fox News? Oh, wait I don’t.

This whole story, has started from a 29 year old black woman, named Aisha Harris. She wrote the story on the Slate website, “Santa Claus should not be a white man anymore.” That is the blog! She states in her commentary and very well written that Santa should be a penguin! She writes:

And so I propose that America abandon Santa-as-fat-old-white-man and create a new symbol of Christmas cheer. From here on out, Santa Claus should be a penguin.

That’s right: a penguin.

Why, you ask? 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).

And more she states:

Plus, people love penguins. There are blogs dedicated entirely to their cuteness. They’re boxofficegold. Most importantly, they’re never scary (in contrast to, say, polar bears and reindeer). Most kids love Santa—because he brings them presents. But human Santa can be terrifying—or at least unsettling.

Later this commentary:

Of course, since we created Santa, we can certainly change him however we’d like—and we have, many times over. Like the holiday itself, Santa has long since been extracted from his religious roots, even if the name St. Nicholas still gets thrown around. Our current design takes inspiration from multiple sources, including Washington Irving’s 1809 description of St. Nick “riding jollily among the tree tops, or over the roofs of the houses, now and then drawing forth magnificent presents from his breeches pockets, and dropping them down the chimnies of his favourites.” When Clement Clarke Moore published “A Visit from St. Nicholas” in 1823, the old man was described and illustrated as a “plump” but elfin figure. Since then, Santa has been redesigned and re-appropriated to push everything from soda to war.

That’s sounds a bit jolly? Doesn’t it?

Oh, and by some of the commentary, she’s been labeled as a racist.

I ask again: REALLY AMERICANS?!!!!

Many of you so-called AMERICANS who commented on this story, don’t even know what a racist is until you become one. Oh, I’m going there today!

Many of us who grew up knows this too well. We know. Aisha Harris in her commentary is not speaking this on racial issues. Many like her, including myself have seen more white Santas than black Santas. Many of us can relate to seeing accustom with being around or dressing up as black Santas. Hey, here’s a shocker: I was a black Santa! Really, I was in a High School Concert many years ago. And this was in the 90’s and no there weren’t no declarations of keeping Santa white. This accusations of Fox News thinking it’s a target of things like this, they are a target! Matter of fact they’ve been a target since George W. Bush declared war on Iraq. And still the bullseye has not changed. They are the same folks who probably jumped for joy when trapping Martin Bashir with his Sarah Palin comment, and announced his resignation from MSNBC. Part of what Martin said about Sarah is the TRUTH!

But hey, isn’t that what the Right Wingers do per say?

This Christmas season, and I’m saying this to everyone who will be celebrating Christmas: We know Santa. But we better know Jesus! And I’m saying this because it’s a constant reminder of what this holiday should be about. Oh, and note to those who get offended by saying “Merry Christmas” don’t be. I’ve been saying Merry Christmas since I came out the womb 37 years ago. And decorate my residence with “CHRISTMAS” stuff all over it. And to those who have a problem saying “Happy Holidays”. Guess what, Holiday is actually (and I learned it in church) Holy-Day.  So yes, Christmas is a Holy Day. And that Merry Xmas thing, there was a time I got hammered on Social Media about this. But unlike that person (whom I’ll remain nameless) I did some sleuthing, that according to the greeks, they displayed Xmas. And the letter X represents the unknown. Now many might call this disrespectful, but no, it’s not. It’s not stamping out, or  X’ing out Jesus! Once again, X represents the unknown! Not everyone, not even me know when Jesus was “actually” BORN! Many say December 25th. Even though it’s Christmas Day. But still, the real birth of Jesus on that actual day remains a mystery. Get it? Got it? Good.

So Happy “HOLY DAYS” peoples, and make sure that even though Santa might come and go, Santa no matter black or white of appearance or accustomed to maybe asking your kids about what they want for Christmas, and of course Santa might be checking out the naughty and nice folks.

But remember this, I’ve seen this in 1985 in church, and I’m saying this in 2013: Jesus is the reason, for the Season.