Mom Says Her Biracial Child Will Have a Black Santa
Recently, Megyn Kelly made a lot of people upset when she went on her FOX News show to dismiss the possibility of a black Santa Claus. The discussion was in response to a Slate article where write Aisha Harris said she grew up a little confused because her house had black Santas but in the outside world, Santa was always white. Maria Guido at Mommyish is a white mother to a biracial child and now that she’s moved away from Brooklyn, she’s a little sad her baby will have a harder time finding a black Santa for a yearly photo.
Still, Guido doesn’t have a hard and fast rule for what Santa should look like:
Harris makes no mention of racism in her piece, she just laments the notion that Santa should be inclusive to all cultures that celebrate the Santa fantasy around the holidays. I agree; why not? He’s made up. He can be whatever we want him to be. He doesn’t exist in reality. As a mother of mixed race children, it makes no sense to me to just default to “white Santa.” If Santa is a figment of all of our imaginations – I want my child to celebrate one that looks like them. Or not. Basically – I want to let them know that he is many different things to many different people.
In a country that is moving away from a white majority – I don’t even see why redefining the Santa fantasy is a big deal. Growing up, my black friends had pictures of black Santa in their homes. I wasn’t confused by this at all – even as a grade-schooler my mind could wrap around the idea that people identified with others that looked like them. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with raising children to question these kinds of things.
So if my children actually ask me one day, Why is Santa black in our house and white at my friend’s house? I can respond by saying – he’s whatever people want him to be. No one’s ever seen him in person – so we’re all guessing. I think that is a little more sane than insisting that a fictional character is any race at all.
She’s right. The bottom line is Santa isn’t real, which is why there should be wiggle room when it comes to his race.
What does Santa look like for your kids?