Megan Kelly of the Fox News Channel recently made headlines claiming that both Santa Claus and Jesus were white, but how accurate are these claims?
Kelly did a show recently with a three person panel to where she commented on an article written by a black woman on why Santa Claus being white does not connect with all cultures and on why his race should be reconsidered for all races.
Kelly responded to the article and one of her guests who seemed to approve the article's message by saying,
I've given her....her due on where she was going with it. But, just because it makes you feel uncomfortable, doesn't mean it has to change. Jesus was a white man too....he was a historical figure and that's a verifiable fact as is Santa, I just want the kids watching to know that...."
This then began the backlash which came after Kelly's comments concerning the races of Santa Claus and Jesus being white. She then answered the backlash by referring to it as 'race baiting' due to the high number of comments all over social media in disagreement with her statements.
However, Kelly did mention something that could factually be well verified; that is, history. Concerning Jesus being white, no comment could have been further from accuracy. Not only was the Jesus comment wrong, but Kelly clearly didn't seem to know the history of Santa Claus either.
Jesus according to scripture was born in Bethlehem, within the southern section of Israel known at the time as Judea. He was born to a mother of Hebrew descent whom if the third chapter of Luke represents her genealogy correctly, puts her into a family of Western Asian Middle Eastern Semites, not European Gentiles.
The Hebrew people like all people of the Semitic families trace their roots from modern day Southern Iraq, Northern Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Further more, racially speaking, Jesus would have had physical features unlike that of white Europeans.
The book of Revelations gives a racial description of the one called the Son of Man, a title Jesus went by saying, "His feet were like polished copper as in a furnace having been set on fire." There was also mention of his hair being the color white and compared to wool.
Kelly completely misses the ball on the race of Jesus historically, and concerning Santa Claus, it appears his existence can not be as verified as she claims. This all refers back to her lack of historical understanding on both subjects.
The story of Santa Claus originates with a third and fourth century Catholic saint known as Saint Nicholas of Greek descent. Due to his charitable giving, his deeds were then taken centuries later and combined with a Norse pagan god named Odin, who's legend claimed that he flew threw the sky during the winter solstice, appointing life or death to whomever deserved so.
In retrospect, since the main character of Santa Claus was a pagan god that never existed, it would be an impossibility to claim he was white. Saint Nicholas was only robbed of his deeds which were assigned to Odin. But Kelly, like many others have an image still of both Jesus and Santa Claus being of European ethnicity in spite of the facts.
Perhaps the woman who wrote the article that brought out Kelly's ignorance to basic facts was correct about assigning a nonexistent deity a new race. It would appear that Odin probably wouldn't mind either way.