Saturday, December 6, 2008

Should President Barack Obama Bring Black Santa Claus Into The White House Celebrations Next Year?

John Ridley thinks so. It would crack me up, but I warped. I enjoy watching white folks sense of tradition being turned on it's head. What do ya'll think? Can white folks believe in Black Santa?


uglyblackjohn December 6, 2008 at 3:07 AM  

Santa WAS Black at my house. (Ask my dad).

ActsofFaithBlog December 6, 2008 at 3:47 AM  

Psst - they still don't know Jesus was Black!

Professor Tracey December 6, 2008 at 10:05 AM  

@UBJ and AOF -

LOL! You two behave now.

Miriam December 6, 2008 at 12:14 PM  

how about a whole new tradition? Like a black wise old man or something.

Thought December 6, 2008 at 1:09 PM  

I've gotta say I'm not in favor os such a move - especially not in 2009. Maybe in 2117 when he's about to get out of his second term, but we don't need Huey Freeman's views of Christmas spread to the world just yet.

Professor Tracey December 6, 2008 at 1:22 PM  

@Thought -

I hope you're joking because I grew up in a household that every face for Christmas was black and I only give out black santa xmas cards. And I've been around long before Huey Freeman even got thought of.

And if black people still must tip toe around white folks to express our inclusion in culture, we're still slaves.

Selena December 7, 2008 at 12:51 PM  

LOL @ UBJ and AOF...

Shoot Santa is a black female at mine. Ask my 9 year old what God looks like and she'll tell you God is a woman!

Claudia December 7, 2008 at 8:48 PM  

This issue feels much closer to home for me this year, because my daughter (she's 2 and a half) is starting to realize who "Santa" is, thanks to the Christmas mall display and the many, many folks who say "so what's Santa bringing you for Christmas this year?"

I'm still unsure about how to approach this - I've been considering making the three hour drive to ATL to see the black Santa at South Dekalb Mall, but I think I'll also try to introduce her to some multicultural children's books with Santas (or Santa alternatives) of all shades and ethnic backgrounds. I can only hope that Obama does the same. Although John Ridley makes a great point - just a single photo with a black Santa and the Obamas would say a million words! It would be awesome.

Anonymous,  December 8, 2008 at 12:52 PM  

The first Santa story I remember was when I was 4 and my father asked me if I didn't mind having a black santa clause. i was like "naw daddy i want the real santa clause." get the irony in this - i was living in East St. Louis Il, black city, black school system, black teachers, hell i was only 4 years old and yet i thought that if i didn't have the white santa i would not get the best stuff.

YES - bring black everything at the White House and start changing these white superior images.

RiPPa December 10, 2008 at 3:10 AM  

Black Santa is bullshit. It just shows just how much we as a people wanna be included. Well, to me, thats a problem. How far must we go? We accept the Eurocentric culture before we do our own and to me thats sad.

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