Santa’s White Privilege

ar135430707292573The left accuses capitalism of commercializing holidays. Meanwhile the left politicizes holidays.

Thanksgiving and Columbus Day are celebrations of genocide. The Fourth of July is a reminder that America was founded by rich white men who didn’t want to pay taxes. Memorial Day is perfect for anti-war statements and Mother’s Day is for denouncing the heteronormative family. Valentine’s Day is an occasion to protest rape and the patriarchy and Halloween is a time to lecture students about cultural appropriation and politically incorrect costumes that offend minorities.

The optimist would hope that the left would take a month or two off toward the end of the year. But every Chanukah brings with it articles about how the holiday is really a nationalistic campaign against multiculturalism and no Christmas would be complete without a national conversation about Santa’s whiteness.

Over at Slate, Aisha Harris, its resident expert on being offended by racist things in pop culture, suggested replacing old white Santa with a penguin of no specific color. Replacing Santa with a beady-eyed penguin would remove the need to have Santas of every race, color and creed, not to mention gender identity and sexual orientation.

It’s easier than finding a Maori transgender gay Santa in a wheelchair to really terrify the kids.

The penguin solution won’t work for all holidays. Replacing Jesus with a penguin will raise all sorts of theological issues and turning George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King into penguins will add a whole new twist to history.

But if we’re going to “penguinify” our way out of every holiday to avoid excluding anyone… we might as well start breaking out the penguin masks.

What is the charge against Santa? He’s a white male. He’s not a member of some KKK lodge in the North Pole and doesn’t burn frozen crosses on tundra. It is his whiteness that is offensive.

As Aisha Harris tells it, she grew up feeling hurt and ashamed because her father dressing up as Santa didn’t match the white store Santas. And so her solution is to eliminate fathers being able to dress up as Santas at all; unless they shrink to a few inches tall and learn to squawk.

In Aisha’s world, everyone has to be part of one big whole without excluding anyone in any way. There is nothing diverse about a diversity that collectivizes the experience of every individual to ensure mass conformity even in the industrialization of celebration.

It’s not diversity. It’s conformity.

That’s the trouble with endless inclusiveness. To include everyone in a holiday, you have to erode its meaning so thoroughly that it no longer means anything. The only way to achieve total inclusiveness is to eliminate as much specificity as possible until the very existence of a specific identity becomes a crime.

This isn’t really about Santa. It’s about the criminalization of whiteness under the label of White Privilege. It’s about making race into an implicit offense by arguing that any norm that reflects whiteness in a country with a white majority is racist.

The best evidence that we have long ago left behind actual discrimination that can be objectively shown is the descent of civil rights efforts first into outcome-based discrimination in which there need not be any intent to discriminate as long as there is an outcome unfavorable to an official minority and then into the emotional experience of otherness entirely apart from any actual acts.

Aisha Harris’s call for the penguinization of Santa is backed only by her temporary sense of alienation as a little girl. There isn’t even a complaint that black men are less likely to be hired as store Santas or that black children who aren’t exposed to black Santas have lower test scores. And all that is left is the original doll experiment in which the Clarks proved the psychological effects of racism to the Supreme Court by showing that black children chose white dolls over black dolls. Despite everything, the doll experiment hasn’t changed.

The penguinization of Santa is one of the nicer progressive responses to these lingering self-esteem issues. The nastier ones counter negative perception of blackness by pushing negative perception of whiteness. The lead practitioners of white racism have become white liberals who hope that hating and degrading white people will improve black self-esteem.

In this warped world, the only way to save black self-esteem is by attacking any area where “white” is normative. Even if it’s a white Santa Claus. If black people feel self-conscious of their differences, then white people must be constantly made to feel self-conscious of the guilt they ought to feel in making everyone else feel self-conscious with their normative supremacism.

Whiteness isn’t the problem. The obsession with race is. The left has turned a social construct into the definitive lens for viewing all human relationships. And it’s that lens that causes the misery. The more you look through it, the more bitter and insecure you become.

Santa isn’t guilty of white privilege. The racialists are guilty of an obsessive resentment that expresses itself in the need to contest everything on racial grounds. Changing Santa’s race or species won’t fix anything because that isn’t the source of the problem. Any number of white characters, from Spider-Man to Kojak, Ironside and even Murder She Wrote’s Jessica Fletcher, have been turned black without making a dent.

Insecurity isn’t external. It’s internal. And it can’t be fixed externally. The insecure can’t be reassured into being comfortable with the world around them. Every well-meaning act of reassurance is met with a defensive reaction that is meant to reassert their neurotic status quo because that unpleasant state is the one that they know and are familiar with. It may not be a pleasant way to live, but it’s their identity and it’s all that they know how to do.

Racial insecurity is an internal problem. It isn’t caused by Santa. It’s caused by a racialized identity which thrives on paranoia and insecurity while lashing out at black figures who aren’t insecure, like Robert Griffin III or Don Lemon, for the crime of being comfortable.

America isn’t a racist country. It’s a racially insecure country where the races are taught to be self-conscious and insecure. Out of that insanity, transforming Santa Claus into a penguin begins to seem like a sensible solution. And until the day when America becomes a white minority nation, maybe we can all don our penguin masks and celebrate the arrival of a post-racial society in which we will no longer be black or white, but instead black and white all over.

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  • laura r

    where are we going here? a black santa? brown santa? NO santa? thats what this is about. end of case. trust me on this one: santa will be banned-soon.

    • Nick Danger

      Santa will be replaced by a rainbow penquin.

      • laura r

        we are heading to a “transanta” any other santa will be racist, homophobic, & yes lets put a turban on his head. did we cover the water front?

  • Hank Rearden

    I am confused. Is Ms. Harris saying that she won’t tolerate a white Santa? I thought tolerance was the gig here.

  • HJK

    “…suggested replacing old white Santa with a penguin of no specific color”

    This has got to be one of the most anti-white racist and lunatic suggestions I have ever read. Get well – soon!

    • nomoretraitors

      I hope she dies so we’ll be left alone to enjoy the white Santa

    • lyone

      All penguins are specific colors–black, white, grey, etc.

      Every color is a specific color.

  • camp7

    Wow. That was powerful. I felt like I was reading all capital letters.

    “Save Santa”…. from racially neurotic penguins. The new hallmark for the Christmas season. Thanks George Bailey…, I mean Daniel.

  • medlaw

    There is potent, evidence-based reason for “black insecurity” which no amount of “diversity” / “affirmative action” / “inclusion” or like memes are capable of surmounting.

    The black general intelligence quotient, as detailed in “The Bell Curve”, the 1994 work by Herrnstein and Murray, is 1.1 standard deviations below the white mean. As a result, whereas precisely 50% of the black population is above – and also below – the black mean general intelligence value, fully 84% of the white population is above the black mean. Thus, a person sampled from the white population is 68% more likely to have a general intelligence score above the black mean than is a black person sampled from the black population.

    This is the proverbial “elephant in the room” that both explains and warrants “black insecurity” – and which dooms all efforts aimed at “collectivization of experience” and those which gut meaning and significance predicated on an “emotional experience” trope – to failure before they begin.

    Black insecurity is a predictable and predicted consequence of genetics. God is a racist.

    Further, black insecurity is not simply a black “internal problem” – it is a far larger “problem”, most especially so when it is deployed as a leftist and racist tool not as a shield but as a sword wielded against non-black communities and their legitimate interests.

    • Kelly T

      Putting this in a different way, all the equal outcomes the Left is trying to enforce on every aspect of society is doomed for failure because we are all different by design. A white will never be black and a black will never be white. We’re all different with our own abilities and shortcomings. The Left seeks to destroy these differences by pulling some down and falsely elevating others which creates animosity between groups. “Sameness” or “equality” is not truly possible because we are different biologically.

      • MarilynA

        This philosophy of equality of outcome is responsible for the decline of this once great country as the less than most qualified have been promoted to leadership positions in government and business.

    • MrUniteUs1

      Similar comments were made about Jews.

      :”Gould’s most inflammatory allegation consists of blaming IQ testers for magnifying the toll of those lost in the Holocaust (p. 263). Here he has followed the lead of Leon Kamin’s (1974) The Science and Politics of IQ. The Kamin-Gould thesis is that early IQ testers claimed their research proved that Jews as a group scored low on their tests and that this finding was then conveniently used to support passage of the restrictive Immigration Act of 1924 which then denied entry to hapless Jewish refugees in the 1930s. Gould goes so far as to claim (1996, pp. 195-198; 255-258) that Henry H. Goddard (in 1917) and Carl C. Brigham (in 1923) labeled four-fifths of Jewish immigrants as ‘feeble-minded … morons’.”

      • LeungChiSi

        The authors literally bent over backwards to assuage a predicted liberal leftist protest and outrage – which nevertheless ensued.

        No matter Gould’s hypothesis and the nefarious acts which were predicated upon it and which followed it, there is no obvious parallel or comparability between that work and the impeccable, thoroughly scientific work of Murray and Herrnstein.

        The bare fact that there are published papers which draw dubious and otherwise erroneous and unsubstantiated conclusions reflects not a whit on the scholarship and validity of the hard data amassed by and the reasonable conclusions based upon it which were meticulously detailed in Herrnstein and Murray’s “The Bell Curve”.

      • MarilynA

        How do you explain that after the federal government forced a Midwest school district to spend over $1 billion on upgrading a mostly all black school, after the integration edict, the students continued to score 15 points below average on all tests. The moral is, “You can’t make a silk purse out 0f a sow’s ear.” If they don’t have the intelligence, there is no way you can teach them to be smart.

    • gestr

      This is why most blacks will vote democrat no matter how much the democrats destroy the country. What we need is an intelligence test to secure the right to vote. Someone who doesn’t know what a “no bid contract” is– (like the one Obama gave to Michelle’s friend’s Canadian husband to build the Obamacare website)– should not be voting.
      OR– restrict the right to vote to adults who are not supported by the government. If anyone is given unearned money by the government, then that person should be considered a ward of the state, and have the rights of a minor, losing the right to vote, until they become self-supporting.

      • LeungChiSi

        We can thank the British for many sins of colonialism and many egregious practices, foremost among them is the importation of blacks from Africa to colonial America and the Caribbean. The legacy of this practice has been felt through the generations to plague us to this very day with no end in sight.

        Although here for generations, their intrinsic murderous tribal mentality and hate-filled animus, so much in evidence everywhere in sub-Saharan Africa, persists and works its evil in the US each day. It must be reckoned with and not ignored.

        It is the elephant in the room, pace medlaw.

        If only they would limit their killing to one another…

        • MarilynA

          Wait a minute. Don’t put the blame on the British. The first slaves were brought to this country by a free black man. The British did send prisoners over as indentured servants to work off their prison terms. And some immigrants voluntarily sold themselves into servitude to pay for their passage fares. Most, if not all, of these indentured servants (slaves) were white. But bringing black slaves here was started by a black man. Note that those of us who descended from indentured servants (slaves) are not blaming our ancestors plights for all our problems.

    • MarilynA

      What you haven’t said is that the vast majority of blacks are borderline retards. With 100 being the average IQ, if their IQ is 15 points below all other races that makes their average IQ 85. that is borderline retarded. Yet our public education system has been dumbed down so that now no student is taught more than the dumbest ones can learn. It’s call assuring “social and economic Justice.”

      • medlaw

        Based on a WAIS mean of 100 with one standard deviation of 15, at 1.1 standard deviations below the white population mean, the black mean WAIS score would correspond to 13.57th percentile of the white population. Multiplying 15 by 1.1 to obtain 16.5 and then subtracting this result from 100 yields a black median IQ of 83.5.

        This also means that approximately 13.57% of the black population tests with an IQ above the white population mean. There are very many very bright blacks, many of whom are far more intelligent than the vast majority of whites – they represent a smaller fraction of the black population compared with the corresponding fraction of the white population having at least the same IQ.

        Population mean scores notwithstanding, each individual should be considered as an individual, whatever that person looks like.

        Population statistics are just that – while valuable, they speak to samples taken from the entire population. They do not speak to individuals considered in isolation from the population.

        When urgency or expediency prevents the consideration of individuals as individuals, statistics can play a vital, including lifesaving role. When time does permit, each person stands on his/her own, apart from the entire population.

        We all have met very “bright” people who are not very “smart” – or who act badly – very badly.

        I happily leave it to another day to discuss public education in America – “inclusion”, “mainstreaming” and other would-be leftist egalitarian tropes. .

  • Jason

    This is just as bad as a Southerner trying to justify his hatred for blacks. “They make me feel uncomfortable and ashamed”, it’s pretty pathetic (Not saying southerners are racist, quite the contrary, but that’s the stereotype). These people are just as bad as any racist from the 1950s and 60s. I’d say that lynching would come next, but it’s already here a la the Knockout game

    • Sheik Yerbouti

      The whole Knockout Game concept should send chills into all Americans. The fact that it has manifested itself throughout the nation, with no central organization or leadership. It uses social media to promote and display these events as theater. The slaves are beating the Romans in the arena. Hail Spartacus.

      But, doesn’t al Qaeda also utilize these same kinds of patterns, communications and decentralized guidance? What if a truckload of guns and masks was delivered to a group that thought they were there for a flash mob robbery or “Beat Whitey Night”? Would they have the good sense to see they were being used to deliver terror? Or would hey just go for it, seize the moment and kill some white people?

      And then upload the vids to Allstarhiphop or brag on twitter. Which script is more likely? The stage has been set for something terrible that will scar America forever. Maybe it’s just a battery charge for the race card. Or maybe it’s more.

  • cheechakos

    By making such ridiculous demands she is affirming the left’s desire to eliminate diversity,individuality and religious tolerance.
    Santa Claus has a dual identity as a European pagan cultural figure and as a Christian symbol.

    To please these intolerant .selfish libs shouldn’t snowmen (sexist and racist white) reindeer (N European) Christmas stockings (European winter garment), Christmas trees (they don’t come from Africa), candy canes,snow,gingerbread, cider,lights,gifts,Christmas music,ham,Christmas movies……..all be racially adjusted because they are from white cultures?

    • Nick Danger

      They already have the invented holiday of Kwaanza why is she going on about it? Because she is sick in her mind with racism toward Caucasians.


    But he dresses in Red and spreads the toys around! I thought they’d be okay with that.

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  • Clare Spark

    It was white liberal foundations that put multiculturalism in place, not the Hard Left, but the Leninists, shamefully, followed suit, institutionalizing “whiteness studies.” See “‘Race”, class, and gender,” for a time line. This was a post-60s transformation, also reflective of popular front politics against the “racist” Right: both Republicans and conservatives.

  • GuyGreen

    Might I suggest that her article be entered as State’s Exhibit A at Ms. Harris’s commitment hearing?

  • Tyler

    I have no problem with black Santas, but the problem is Santa Claus is based on Saint Nicholas, who was really a white guy who gave money to poor women to get married. Also known to smack a heretic or two.

  • Race_Dissident

    Excellent article, Greenfield.

  • mtnhikerdude

    Daniel , Santa is Black and he resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. In D.C.
    Tell the Aishas ,Tawanas ,Jotikas ,etc. that our government scientists are working 24/7 to turn snow black.
    By 2016 it will be a crime to be Caucasian .

  • justquitnow

    Yeah Santa’s whiteness is “offensive”. Way to turn the whole thing around until you’re the victim. False Outrage®….FPM style.

    • nomoretraitors

      Why haven’t you quit yet?
      I guess the Soros checks are still clearing

      • justquitnow

        of course…you know everyone that disagrees with you is funded by Soros. You’re bodily fluids aren’t safe….

  • john spielman

    The inside of Aisha Harris’s brain must a pretty scary place!

    • carpe diem 36

      yes, really empty.

  • Joya Shelton

    I DONT TOLERATE ANY OF IT AND NEVER TAUGHT MY CHILDREN THESE LIES. The whole deceptive concept of “Santa Claus” was created to deny JESUS His Deity and POWER. I don’t know which is worst, the “White Jesus pictures”, “Santa Claus” or the “Easter Bunny” laying eggs. If you believe in any of this BS, I have some land on the Sun to sale you with a discount. LMAO.

  • PAthena

    Obviously, Santa Claus has to be white, since he comes from the North Pole. The black racists like who complain know nothing about the purpose of skin colour; dark skins are adaptations to stronger sunshine of more southern latitudes, while light skin is an adaptation to the diminished sunlight of northern climes, vitamin D being manufactured by the body by stimulation from sunlight.

    • MarilynA

      Black people are the descendants of Cain. So says the Bible. My mother told us that after Cain was cast out of the Garden of Eden for killing his brother, Abel, he went down into the land of Nod, and since there were no people there he mated with apes.

      • DENNIS X

        Your mother is a low life, what color was Jesus?

  • nomoretraitors

    “Insecurity isn’t external. It’s internal. And it can’t be fixed externally. The insecure can’t be reassured into being comfortable with the world around them. Every well-meaning act of reassurance is met with a defensive reaction that is meant to reassert their neurotic status quo because that unpleasant state is the one that they know and are familiar with. It may not be a pleasant way to live, but it’s their identity and it’s all that they know how to do”
    As usual Mr. Greenfield sums up the mental disorder known as liberalism in a few short sentences

    • laura r

      the short version: mental illness is the new normal.

  • tagalog

    I don’t suppose that those who want to replace the white Santa with a race-neutral Santa have any sense that Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, or whatever other names he’s known by, is entirely a creation of white people from Northern Europe, and that for him to suddenly to become not white is racist, do they? No, of course not. Silly me.

    I bet if white people appropriated Kwanzaa, blacks would get all touchy about that.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Kind of hard to appropriate something that was made up recently and that is completely made up.

      • tagalog

        Maybe, but then I notice that the anniversary of Newtown is on its way to becoming an annual “celebration.” And look at the mileage the media have gotten out of Columbine.

    • MarilynA

      You are so right. Nobody is forced to believe in Santa nor give their children gifts and tell them they are from Santa. Those who are offended by our white Santa need to invent some imaginary icon of their own that suits their taste. How about a kindly “Mr Hands” (government) who takes from the haves (Mr. Bill) and gives to the have nots. (Gumbies) .

  • carpe diem 36

    if this idiot Aisha is correct then we should eliminate every holiday and just call them no name holidays, so she can have a day off and not know why. i do not feel she deserves even one line let alone a whole article. there must be millions like her so we do not need to give them a soap box. l

  • Woofula

    Santa Claus can’t be a penguin because he is from the North Pole. And where do penguins live? Oh yeah, the South Pole. Maybe Santa could be a polar bear. But then, polar bears are white.

    • Jeff Traube

      Isn’t it hemispherically insensitive to say Santa resides at the North Pole, a reflection of northern European climates – rather than the South Pole or Equator ? And is Santa right handed ? For a good take on this PC, read “Do the Left Thing” in Michigan Review.

  • LeungChiSi

    Dear Editor—

    I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.” Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?

    Virginia O’Hanlon

    Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think
    that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

    Yes, Virginia, there once was a white Santa Claus. He existed as certainly
    as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they once abounded and once gave to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary the world is now that there can no longer be a white Santa Claus! It is now as dreary as if there were no Virginias.

    There now no longer exists childlike faith, no poetry, no romance to make
    tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and
    sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would is extinguished.

    Not believe in a white Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in “collectivization of experience” – or in “white privilege”. You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas eve to catch white Santa Claus, but even if you did not see a white Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove?

    Nobody sees a white Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no longer a
    white Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither
    children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of
    course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or
    imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

    You tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but
    there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even
    the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart.
    Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and
    picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in
    all this world there is nothing else real and abiding – nothing else but those
    who would banish a white Santa Claus, those whose “progressive” world view
    would see such a personage as a relic of a racist, misguided and better
    forgotten past!

    No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives and lives forever. A thousand years from
    now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make
    glad the heart of childhood – but NOT in white racist America!

  • glpage

    The founders had a notion of voting with one’s feet, if you didn’t like the laws where you lived you would move elsewhere. I happen to like the Judeo-Christian, Constitutional background of this country; there is no other place like it in the world. So, I am growing extremely weary of dolts that want to make this country into another France or Sweden or whatever. Those places already exist. Leftists who like that stuff don’t have to go to any trouble to change the system because it is set up the way they want. I now really understand what folks like my dad meant with their statement “America, love it or leave it.”

  • El Desdichado

    Get back, all you haters. Santa needs to get with the program and update.
    Bunch of crackers around here hatin’ on everything…

  • MrUniteUs1

    I knew something wrong with the Santa Claus story. because I grew without a chimney. but I still received presents. Then I realized my parents were Santa Claus. and that Santa Claus represents the Spirit of Christmas, the Spirit of Giving. God gave us the ultimate gift, his only begotten son Jesus Christ.

    • MarilynA

      Santa Claus is based on the actions of a Monk or Clergy man, named Nicholas, who went about on Christmas Eve putting sweets in shoes left outside the door by children. He was made into a saint by the church and thus became St. Nick. Santa Claus is based on the deeds of St. Nicholas (Nick) as parents began to copy St Nicks good deed by putting sweets and other goodies out for all children. Since there is no dispute about St. Nick (Nicholas) being white, I think this discussion is moot. I have no quarrel with non whites telling their children their St. Nick is whatever color they want him to be but to try to force their opinion on everyone and change historical facts is a little much.

      • MrUniteUs1

        St Nicholas was born in what is now Turkey. Are Turks white? I don’t know, IMO no one is white. Pink, beige, or tan maybe. Since he helped the poor, today he might be called a socialist.

  • DaCoachK

    This is another sign that liberalism is indeed a mental illness. These people have destroyed our country.

  • Seek

    I can remember a number of years ago blacks calling in to a certain local Christian radio show in New Jersey to insist, against all historical evidence, that Jesus was black. It’s all about race with those people.

  • gestr

    Thank you for the hilarious article. You should do a comedy program. It would be funnier than SNL (which I can’t stomach). Do a program on MeTV. They may have inexpensive spots. Or how about those free cable channels? Seriously, humor is a great way to fight the cultural war, and to get a message to the low IQ types who won’t read anything that might strain their brains.

  • TRAV1S

    They’re just bitter because Kwanzaa isn’t popular.

  • Max

    Aisha is not a black enough name. She should change it to Shaniqua LOL