The whiteness of history

Occasionally I re-blog things, I try to do it sparingly. However, this post not only fits with the theme of my own blog, but tackles a topic I am very passionate about. Enjoy!

Digs and Docs

Last week, Fox News personality Megyn Kelly announced on her program as a true fact that Santa Claus and Jesus were white. You can see the segment here, and as for the reactions, they run the gamut from Fox fellow Bill O’Reilly totally agreeing with her, to a reasoned piece in The Atlantic by Jonathan Merritt, who notes that her comments are both bad history and bad theology.

Kelly herself has protested (here, and here) that her comments were meant to be light-hearted, and dismissed her critics as “race-baiters.” It was for the children, Kelly said last week on the segment in question: “For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white, but this person is just arguing that maybe we should also have a black Santa.”

Leaving aside Kelly’s severe misunderstanding of her network’s viewer demographics, something’s being missed amid…

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