A New Mexico high school teacher has been disciplined for comments made stating that Santa Claus is white. Students at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho, New Mexico were told they could come to school dressed as Santa Claus, an elf or a reindeer. The black student came as Santa and was told, “Don’t you know Santa Clause is white? Why are you wearing that?”
The teacher reported the incident himself to school administration, who immediately disciplined the teacher. The student’s parents were upset by the comments and have since removed their son from that teacher’s class. Father Michael Rougier said the teacher’s comments enraged him.
“There’s no room for that in the classroom,” he said. “Whether this teacher felt Christopher may have been wearing this out of context, there’s no room for it. There’s just no room for it.”
Just *like that* race has entered into the dialogue of Christmas, thanks to absurd statements by Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly commenting on an article by a black Slate.com writer. Kelly now says she was just kidding:
Nevertheless the Internet and offline publications have since exploded on the topic of Santa and Jesus’ ethnicity, creating a kind of race war on Christmas.
The L.A. Times wrote a feature about one of the few working black Santa portrayers in the country working a mall in a predominantly black section of Los Angeles.
From Comedy Central to Saturday Night Live, commentators have had a field day in the newest non-issue in the war on Christmas.