White Santas Matter! Outrage over "minority" Father Christmas.

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The Mall of America is a huge shopping development in Bloomington, Minnesota. It apparently earns its name by virtue of being the largest shopping mall in the whole United States. Every year, in common with other shopping centres and malls around the world, they hire a Santa Claus who'll be on-site in the run-up to Christmas to listen to children, take note of their wishes for seasonal presents and to give them some gifts.

This year, they've hired one Larry Jefferson, a U.S. Army veteran from Irving, Texas to don the red suit and beard. Cue. Online. Meltdown. Why? Larry Jefferson is an African-American and lots of folks think that the role should be reserved for a white guy.

The local newspaper had to shut down comments on the story such was the level of racist invective. You can read some of the comments below. There is now a campaign in full swing to boycott the Mall. How far it goes remains to be seen but it's clear that people feel very free now to vent prejudices that perhaps they would have previously kept under wraps.

EDIT AT 12:30H ON 06/12/2016

The story about Sarah Palin having supposedly supported a boycott of Mall of America is false and has its origins on a satirical website.

More here:
A story that the former Alaska governor called for the boycott after discovering that the mall had hired its first black Santa Claus is a hoax.


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Cultural appropriation?
 

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I think there might be something those people have missed about the spirit of Christmas and goodwill to all men.
 

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I remember a few decades ago spending Christmas in Morocco. Good times.

Anyway the local chap, black as the ace of spades, who was 'doing' Santa wore a white mask and white gloves! Sure, his target audience was white but it did make me laugh inside. At least he was making an effort.

Santa isnt real, he is a lie.

For all I care Santa could be black, white, yellow brown, straight, bi, gay, lesbian, wear a skirt, heels and Rudolph be a poodle in the local mall, wouldnt bother me.

In the future child psychologists will lie agape at the damage this parental and societal lie does to kids at their most vulnerable and formative years.
 

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I remember a few decades ago spending Christmas in Morocco. Good times.

Anyway the local chap, black as the ace of spades, who was 'doing' Santa wore a white mask and white gloves! Sure, his target audience was white but it did make me laugh inside. At least he was making an effort.

Santa isnt real, he is a lie.

For all I care Santa could be black, white, yellow brown, straight, bi, gay, lesbian, wear a skirt, heels and Rudolph be a poodle in the local mall, wouldnt bother me.

In the future child psychologists will lie agape at the damage this parental and societal lie does to kids at their most vulnerable and formative years.
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The USA is a nation of LARGE infants. They're hardly capable of self determination, never mind running their empire.
 

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Santa Claus a celebrated figure in many cultures - not just "white culture".
Ill go with faux outrage as I don't really care , but its exactly the arguments that people have had to listen to for years from the SJW's . The character behind Santa is possibly of pre Christian European lore. Whatever way you lay it out Santa is white in the same way that Shaft is Black
 

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If you want authenticity, shouldn't he be Sami?
 

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Is the modern santa not derived from the Ottoman St Nicholas? should he not be middle-eastern looking if anything?
 

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How about a Jewish Santa?

Have you any presents, little boy?
 
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Ill go with faux outrage as I don't really care , but its exactly the arguments that people have had to listen to for years from the SJW's . The character behind Santa is possibly of pre Christian European lore. Whatever way you lay it out Santa is white in the same way that Shaft is Black
The first time I came across the term "cultural appropriation" was in a Guardian article about a performer called Honey G on some British talent show. Her act involves her taking on the role a feisty black female rapper. It's controversial because there's a strong element of parody and exaggeration. That doesn't apply with a black guy playing Santa Claus.
 


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