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Racist teacher punished for telling black student ‘Santa is white’

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A teacher in New Mexico has been reprimanded for a racist remark he made to his student. According to the Associated Press, the incident occurred at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho, N.M.

Students were told that they could come to class dressed as Santa Claus, a reindeer or an elf. However, when a white teacher noticed a black student dressed as Santa, he told the student, “Don’t you know Santa Clause is white? Why are you wearing that?”

The boy was distraught and told his parents. His father went to the school and reported the incident to administrators. The teacher was reprimanded by the school, but he continues to work at the school in some capacity.

The student’s father believes that the teacher’s remark could signal a deeper trend on how he grades and disciplines students when it comes to race.

The incident occurred several days after Megyn Kelly of Fox News received backlash for saying Santa Claus and Jesus were white while on air.




7 Comments

  1. Arthur McDonald on December 16, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Santa Claus…um, IS white…but he is also a mythical figure, so it shouldn’t matter so much. Christ however, cannot be confirmed to being white at all based upon the time period and location. Having more afrocentric features and middle eastern features seems more plausible.
    There’s nothing wrong with saying that Santa is white, but asking a child why they are dressed up as a white figure when they’re black, is a bit too much for the young mind to deal with and can be scarring. It implies that one cannot do this or that based on skin color. The pharaohs in Egypt weren’t white, but every time I see a movie, or documentary based there, they will usually have white people playing the roles of the pharaoh, or the elite. If it is wrong in the eyes of some to have a vision of a black Santa, or black Jesus, then they should look at their own history of whitewashing the eyes of the world, thus injuring how the people of the world view each other, and themselves.

    • thomast on December 16, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      Saint Nicholas, upon whose life the Santa Claus myth is based, came from what is now Turkey in the 3rd century CE. So probably not white, either. Somewhat beside the point in this case, but it does show that many whites don’t think very hard about the origins of some of the elements of their dominant culture.

      • Arthur McDonald on December 16, 2013 at 1:31 pm

        Yeah, you’re right. I think that it stems from a fear of losing something, mainly status. So the sub-conscious message is that “white is right”, and “black is whack”….okay, I know that was cheesy, but gimmie some credit here…lol. But, it’s an element of society at large that needs to change, so that people can have a better self view, and not to feel less-than, based upon what one looks or doesn’t look like.

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  3. palmstring on December 17, 2013 at 3:59 am

    That teacher & the FOX News host should belong to the “naughty” list.

  4. Lorenzo on December 17, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    The Santa that I grew up with and have associated with Xmas IS white! All of you people who scream “racist” are losers who hide behind your own “racist” comments. What in the hell happened to the 1st Amendment in this Country? Get over it, you idiots!

    • Ms. Kay on December 26, 2013 at 6:03 pm

      And the santa that I grew up with is black, so what’s your damn point!