Black Santa: Racist to Keep St. Nick White?

This is a blog entry from one of our subscribers  – Holistic Wayfarer – which we decided to share with you… You can check out her site…

A Holistic Journey

A recent L.A. Times article described a celebrated Black Santa Claus, “the main attraction…at a mall…in the heart of black Los Angeles.” People actually first call “to make sure he will be there” before they head out on what is for some an hour’s drive.

The historical St. Nicholas was actually a wealthy Greek orphan born in Asia minor during the third century who grew up to become a bishop. He was supposed to have tossed gold coins anonymously down a chimney so three poor downtrodden sisters could get married. He became known for his charity and evolved into a synthesis of the Dutch legend, the German Sinterklaas, and the British Father Christmas. So Santa as we know him is a European of multicultural blood who started out as a Christian from the Mediterranean, neither white nor black but olive.

Santa does not play a part in my family’s Christmas…

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  • Holistic Wayfarer  On December 29, 2013 at 3:37 am

    Thank you. =)

  • Clyde Duncan  On December 29, 2013 at 8:45 am

    I would like to suggest that we include Zwarte Piet [Santa’s helper in the Netherlands] in all discussions about Santa. Some say the helper got black from climbing down the chimney; while others say it is from slavery – Zwarte Piet is a symbol of a slave. Look: I am too old to be engaging in this discussion, so I’ll leave it up to you …

    • Holistic Wayfarer  On April 13, 2014 at 10:58 pm

      Sorry I’m months late on the reply. If you’d dropped off the comment on my board, I would’ve gotten to it promptly. I didn’t realize you had responded here. Simply fascinating thoughts on ZP. I never knew. Thanks.

      H Wayfarer

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