Okay so - yeah I hate TV, and I hate that I let my kid watch TV.Why you ask?
Cause TV has to be the reason she refuses to believe that Santa Claus is a black man. No number of songs , or pictures of her last year with a black Santa was able to convince her this weekend, after she gleefully told me that my nifty Black Santa ornaments were of “Your favorite Santa mommy, my favorite Santa is white.”
I think that the wack beard on that Santa in the picture last year didn’t help my cause either.
And the cool Santas on TV are all white - like the M&M commercial Santa - he’s got great beard (”They DO exist!!”) So its TV’s fault, cause everything that ever happened Santa related in her whole life has always been apparently about MY santa. not HER santa.
So why is it an issue that she thinks Santa is a white man, and why does that bother me, grate on my nerve when she says it like nails on a chalk board? I don’t know. Its not like I know a whole bunch of Black men who are willing to live in the North Pole, shoot, I can’t find too many black men willing to live through a Minnesota winter let alone live in the ARTIC. Maybe its because I believe in the power of images, and part of me wants to make sure that despite what society shows her - that she will know and believe that She is worthy of EVERYTHING, not despite of but because of all the things media and society in general try to belittle in people who don’t fit the mold. I don’t want my kid to be one of those little girls who picks out the white doll when asked to choose the more attractive doll. I think that is my biggest fear - that she will grow up to hate who she is. Which is drawing way more out of the whole Santa thing than is really necessary, I know this internets.
Then I think well technically, she’s right Santa Claus is German or Dutch folklore isn’t he? And what harm is there really in letting her believe the myth as is? Isn’t part of being and raising a non racist child, being able to let your child believe in what ever they believe in- myth wise of course.
My sister is like “Dude - who cares - you’re not THAT black power anyway. You not runnin around with medallions and stuff.” I lost my medallion in 1993, it was taken from my car. But that is besides the point.
Honestly I had decided to go with the whole Santa is a CIA operative who doesn’t actually give gifts he just reports on the goodness of kids all year to parents so they can shop for your Christmas presents. The whole gift thing is just a cover in case you see him, the cookies we leave him are still a bribe.
Feed back on this one is certainly welcome. Please internets, give me some feedback here or on my blog http://blaquepen.com/wobl.
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