*Megyn Kelly opened a major can of worms recently when she stated with a straight face, “For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white,” …later noting the same of Jesus’ pigmentation. “Jesus was a white man, too. It’s like…he’s a historical figure that’s a verifiable fact, as is Santa, I just want kids to know that.”
Now, in short order, some of her colleagues are serving up their own dishes on the matter. In a response to Kelly on his late-night show, Jon Stewart asks, “who are you actually talking to? Children who are sophisticated enough to be watching a news channel at 10 o’clock at night, yet innocent enough to still believe Santa Claus is real — yet racist enough to be freaked out if he isn’t white?”
MSNBC anchor, Melissa Harris-Perry, found a brilliant way to address the skewed perspective of the Fox News Channel host. Using her show to pen an open letter to Santa, Harris-Perry brought her own point-blank questions to the fore; bringing inquiries to Santa not from a naughty or nice ilk, but as more of an appeal. “Dear Santa,” she began, “I think we’re going to need you before Dec. 24,” before diving in.
“Are you white? Are you black?” she asks…When you’re coming from the North Pole, do you have a legal visa or are you undocumented?…Can you find a kid if he lives in an apartment building and not a house with a chimney?…Can you find her in a homeless shelter?…Why do you leave so many more toys under the big trees in the wealthy neighborhood and so few in the poorer communities?”
The current controversy, she said, demonstrates how far we have to go in understanding people who aren’t like ourselves.
“If we can’t imagine Santa across the racial divide, no wonder we have trouble creating an america without a racial divide,” she concluded.
Watch the clip below via MSNBC: