Re: Can Santa be Black?
posted at 12/23/2013 12:05 PM EST
In response to newman09's comment:
Well, in the traditional sense i.e. movies, Christmas cartoons, advertising/commercials, shopping malls even the Macy's Parade, Santa has always been white. And has been portrayed this way in the US for generations.
The question asked, can Santa be black? Countries around the world may have their own tradition as to how Santa is potrayed, especially countries where white people are not common. It would make sense to have Santa look more like they do. So I guess yes Santa could be black, or any other race.
Here in the US if a black little girl or boy sees Santa as they are, great. It's their magical moment this time of year, and anyone who grew up celebrating Christmas, knows how magical that Christmas Eve & Christmas morning was when you were a little kid.
Can Santa be black in the US on a commercial level? The Santa we all know in this country is a tradition and so ingrained, probably not. IMO.
Though I am not sure I have ever stated this, but I am a white woman married to a white man.
If though, I was a black woman, married to a black man, obviously our children would have been black as well.
When "daddy" dressed up as Santa, they would have seen a black Santa.
We probably would have a lot more black friends as well, and our children would probably have had a lot more black friends.
I believe the dolls, books and such would have reflected our racial background.
I do not know if I would have taken them to sit on a white Sata's lap, etc.
Sometimes as white people I think we do not mean to be racist, but we do not place ourselves in the shoes of other races, other ethnic backgrounds, etc.
Soon, Hispanics will outnumber whites in America. So, for commercial reasons, should Santas start being portrayed as Hispanic rather then white?
Or should Santas be portrayed as the melting pot America is?
I do not have the answer. Is there a correct answer?