If the subject is St. Nicholas ... The man was White. He also lived centuries ago. Still, we know that he was born along the coast of Turkey (when it was occupied by Greeks). We know that he was a priest who gave his entire inheritance to others. He served as Bishop of Myra. He was imprisoned for his Christian beliefs and he served at the Council of Nicaea. Nicholas died on December 6, 343.
If we are talking about the mall Santas ... They are dressed up with the spirit of St. Nicholas in mind. They can be old, young, fat or thin. And their race isn't an issue. They represent the giving that St. Nicholas was known for -- not his race, or his religion. If we are going to insist that mall Santas are White, then I suppose we should also insist that they get a Divinity degree.
It seems like people will make any simple innocent thing into a race problem just to get attention and make themselves a victim. Get over it. Santa is white because he was created as white. Just because it isn't black doesn't make it racist. Otherwise we could just complain how there aren't as many black rappers as white rappers, but you never see that because we don't care. If people feel oppressed then maybe they should stop calling themselves victims of racism because they are creating problems out of nothing. To live a happy life, sometimes you just need to let things go.
I become a pop culture icon, and i become that popular, because im not black im all the sudden racist. Hey look at this, Saint Nicolas is white, why lie to whatever generation follows this. Percy Jackson i white, does that make him racist, no stupid, hes greek. Brack Obama is black, does that make him racist to whites, no. If you want african americans in a job or political position, then work for it. Create a widely popular comic strip featuring a normal black artist and his lazy dog. Make up a holiday. Santa is white because he is not to be racist. I thought this Racism crap was over in the seventies, but no, some peopel want more then equality.
I'm ten years old. When you are in my position, growing up in a world where apparently "everything is racist", it gets kinda stupid. Nobody cares about skin color. Why not say that black rappers are not cool while you're at it, too? Everything in our today world is considered awful. A white Santa doesn't matter. The craziness of today is completely appalling. Some people look one way, others look another. Why change looks because of YOUR skin color?
A white santa isn't any more racist than a black image of Anansi. It is inspired from a European saint and it is part of european folklore for christ sake. Seriously, is this fad of finding ridiculous crap to get offended about eve gonna end? Can we go back, as a culture, to issues that actually matter?
Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle and simply "Santa", is a fantasy figure with legendary, mythical, historical and folkloric origins who, in many western cultures, is said to bring gifts to the homes of the good children on the night before Christmas, December 24. However in some European countries children receive their presents on St. Nicholas' Day, December 6. The modern figure of Santa Claus is derived from the Dutch figure of Sinterklaas, which, in turn, has part of its basis in hagiographical tales concerning the historical figure of Christian bishop and gift giver Saint Nicholas. During the Christianization of Germanic Europe, this figure may have absorbed elements of the god Odin, who was associated with the Germanic pagan midwinter event of Yule and led the Wild Hunt, a ghostly procession through the sky. Over time, traits of this character and the British folklore character Father Christmas merged to form the modern Santa Claus known today.
Santa Claus is generally depicted as a portly, joyous, white-bearded man—sometimes with spectacles—wearing a red coat with white collar and cuffs, white-cuffed red trousers, and black leather belt and boots and carries a bag full of gifts for children. Images of him rarely have a beard with no moustache. This image became popular in the United States and Canada in the 19th century due to the significant influence of Clement Clarke Moore's 1823 poem "A Visit From St. Nicholas" and of caricaturist and political cartoonist Thomas Nast. This image has been maintained and reinforced through song, radio, television, children's books and films.