I thought I was finished yakking for the year but two items caught my attention; one is really trite but a few folks have been talking about it in this “Season of Joy”
One is Santa Claus… is he white? Someone named Megyn Kelly thinks so and has started a fireball!
Megyn Kelly reportedly said:
“For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white. But this person (a black person questioning her about the practice or belief in Santa Claus) is maybe just arguing that we should also have a black Santa. But, you know, Santa is what he is, and just so you know, we’re just debating this because someone wrote about it, kids.”
A reporter then said, “Even more troublesome was her statement that the black Slate writer she was addressing need not have concerned herself with such issues, after Ms. Kelly continued “Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn’t mean it has to change.”
Well, I got to thinking about the whole concept of “Santa Claus. The whole world, practically, has bought into the “big lie” or “little white lie” from one’s perspective. Children are awash in the myth…they are cajoled, threatened, urged, to good or else. Or “he gave you these gifts (prizes, not Mommy, Daddy, Aunt, Uncle, etc.)” He abounds everywhere, on street corners, in department stores, car washes, hotel lobbies and so on. Kelly is adamant, he’s white… she evidently hasn’t been to Harlem or Watts or Pork n Beans…..because that all she’s seen,,, white Santa Claus….Black kids with puzzlement on their faces question whether he’s black after seeing all the pictures of “ whitey SC” in storefronts, on TV, in magazines… at the department store downtown. After all they need to know what’s real…or should they? Am I taking all the fun from the adults? I don’t know… What about the French one, or the Italian one, or the Japanese one or the Russian one??
Maybe it’s better in this enlightened age to tell the truth, after all, we know a lot of other stuff isn’t real…now, like who bumped into America first… slavery is not right….bullying is not right, Should we let the kids believe Superman can fly, Batman can swing from rooftop to rooftop, Spiderman can climb tall buildings, Tarzan is king of the jungle??
I say, make Santa Claus technicolor…with one black hand, one white, blue nose, one red eye, one gold or just let the kid decide… have him with no face, let the kids define him…. If you still want to perpetuate the myth (I could have said ‘lie”, but it’s Christmas!)
Here’s a novel idea…let’s have Christmas every day, give a gift any day, leave the tree, the sleigh, the lights up, the sales… oops!! not the sales…prices too high, kiss your loved ones all year long….forgive someone in an instant……Keep smiling….Oh. I nearly forgot. It’s not supposed to be about all that…it’s Jesus’ birthday… how did we forget about that???
Happy Christ’s Birthday!!! to one and all!!!!!
What a segue!!!!…
I saw a copy of Life magazine on the racks at the supermarket/. Jesus Christ was on the cover. He was depicted as white guy with shoulder length brown and red hair, blue eyes, Arian nose (do I have to capitalize the “A” in arian?).
It struck me as not representative of what I think Jesus looked like, after all, One would think he grew up in the desert, probably in old Palestine, (the Bible) where folks just don’t have long straight “nice and easy” hair color. Yeah, I know, all the statues in church were white, back in the day. I thought that in diverse America, we’re getting browner every day…even a lot of white folks are getting tanned!!, look at boehner…., a venerable old rag like “Life” would be more on the ball or the editors must be all white and listen to Megyn Kelly!! Or they are blind or mindless about today’s attitudes….Maybe Black folk, East Indian folk, Caribbean folk of for that matter. Amerind folk don’t buy “Life” or maybe they don’t really care, maybe we’ll buy anything…we’ll see…
As I did my research (yeah, I do) , guess what I found….
So what colour was Jesus?
By Giles Wilson
BBC News Online Magazine
Jesus has been named the top black icon by the New Nation newspaper. Their assertion that Jesus was black has raised eyebrows in some quarters – so what colour was he?
Just as no one will ever produce proof for the existence of God, the question of Jesus’s colour may always be a matter for personal belief.
Was he white, white-ish, olive-skinned, swarthy, dark-skinned or black? There are people who believe he was any one of those shades, but there seem to be only two things about the debate that can be said with any degree of certainty.
First – if the past 2,000 years of Western art were the judge, Jesus would be white, handsome, probably with long hair and an ethereal glow.
Second – it can almost certainly be said that Jesus would not have been white. His hair was also probably cut short.
Yet the notion that Jesus was black – highlighted this week in a survey of black icons by the New Nation newspaper which ranked him at number one – is genuinely held by some. One school of thought has it that Jesus was part of a tribe which had migrated from Nigeria.
And Jesus probably did have some African links – after all the conventional theory is that he lived as a child in Egypt where, presumably, his appearance did not make him stand out.
The New Nation takes it further: “Ethiopian Christianity, which pre-dates European Christianity, always depicts Christ as an African and it generally agreed that people of the region where Jesus came from looked nothing like Boris Johnson,” the paper says. As light-hearted evidence that Jesus was black, it adds that he “called everybody ‘brother’, liked Gospel, and couldn’t get a fair trial”.
But the truth, says New Testament scholar Dr. Mark Goodacre, of the University of Birmingham, is probably somewhere in between.
“There is absolutely no evidence as to what Jesus looked like,” he says. “The artistic depictions down the ages have total and complete variation, which indicates that nobody did a portrait of Jesus or wrote down a description, it’s all been forgotten.”
Dr Goodacre was involved in the reconstruction of a Middle Eastern first century skull for the BBC’s Son of God programme in 2001, which resulted in a suggestion of what a man like Jesus might have looked like. He advised on hair and skin colour.
“The hair was the easiest – there’s a reference in Paul which says it’s disgraceful for a man to wear long hair, so it looks pretty sure that people of that period had to have reasonably short hair. The traditional depictions of Jesus with long flowing golden hair are probably inaccurate.”
Deciding on skin colour was more difficult, though. But the earliest depictions of Jews, which date from the 3rd Century, are – as far as can be determined – dark-skinned.
“We do seem to have a relatively dark skinned Jesus. In contemporary parlance I think the safest thing is to talk about Jesus as ‘a man of colour’.” This probably means olive-coloured, he says
(And that ain’t white)
Hellllloooooooo!!! Life magazine…….. helllllooooooooo?
Now you sound off What do you think??
Merry Christ’s Birthday…..Ho ho ho ho, and jingle bells…… I’m in Florida, I dashing through no snow!!! I’m out..year’s over. Happy New Year….Stay safe….