I don’t know what’s making Christmas so racist this year. First, Megyn Kelly is on FOX News hollering about how Santa Claus and Jesus “just are” white, a teacher tells a black student to take off his Santa hat because Santa is white and now this. A Florida teacher is in trouble for using a book in his first-grade classroom that says candy canes have whites stripes because Jesus is white.
Horice Hymes asked his 7-year-old daughter what she learned at school and he was horrified what she heard. “She told me, ‘I learned that the white on the candy cane stands for Jesus, because he was white'” Hymes told MyNews 13, “and the red on the candy cane was for the blood that he shed, and if you flip it upside down, the ‘J’ stands for Jesus.” The kids were supposed to be learning about how the holidays are celebrated around the world but the teacher, who was a substitute, used an outdated textbook for the religious explanation of the candy.
A school administrator acknowledges the teacher shouldn’t have taught that lesson. In a statement, the administrator said,
“This book was very religious in content and should not have been used. Religion is not part of the public school system. So, that was done in error.”
Still, Hymes and his wife aren’t satisfied. They’ve taken their daughter out of the school and are thinking about a civil lawsuit. I think that’s a little drastic, but this teacher was way out of line telling his black students Jesus is white. Besides, it’s just bad history–a quick Google search will tell you candy canes come from traditional German peppermint candies.