Santa, Pink Pencils, and Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

December 15, 2013

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Yesterday I read a blog that really had me scratching my head.  The blog was written by Aisha Harris.  Miss Harris happens to be black and her blog was about how Santa is an old white man.  This makes her uncomfortable and she suggests we turn the Santa image into a penguin.

After reading her blog I had two thoughts.  My first thought was “Why are people trying to rewrite history?”   Then I wondered “Why are Americans still so obsessed with race?”

To me knowledge is power so let’s look at race.  There are 3 main races in the world.  Caucasian, Mongoloid, and Negroid.  Within these three main groups are 30 sub-groups.  We all come from one or more of these.  Through migration and intermingling in these modern times it would be a rare thing to find a person of true “race” anymore.   Just ask white supremacist, Craig Cobb, he found out on TV that he was 14%  Negroid.

According to a study done in 2002 by Penn State University molecular anthropologist Mark Shriver, 30% of whites have Negroid ancestry and 60% of blacks have Caucasian ancestry.

When we look into the history and legend of Santa Claus we find that Saint Nicholas was a real human being.  He was born during the third century in the village of Patara.  At the time the area was Greek and is now on the southern coast of Turkey.  His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young.  Obeying Jesus’ words to “sell what you own and give the money to the poor,” Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering.  He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man.  Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships.

Saint Nicholas, who is the inspiration for Santa Claus, was Caucasian, a white man who loved and served God, that is a fact.  Instead of following the Progressive play script of rewriting history and changing who he is simply because it doesn’t fit your cultural or political views, why are we not embracing the truth?  The truth is God created humankind to be diverse.  Good people are represented in all colors and variations of skin tone.  So Santa was white?  Why are we not teaching our children that it doesn’t matter what color our skin is but it’s the content of our character that matters, then use the real Saint Nicholas’s life as an example?  How different would the young Aisha have felt had that been the message she received as a child?  It is definitely the message I am teaching my children.

If the fact that Santa was white makes you uncomfortable then the question begs “Why are you uncomfortable?”  And why does Santa have to change? Maybe the change doesn’t need to be the Santa…. maybe, just maybe, the change needs to happen within you to make this world a better place.

I am quite sure critics of what I have to say will ask “What does a white woman, especially from Maine, know about minority struggles?”   My answer is simple: more than you know.   I have certainly traveled enough places in this world to find myself a “minority” on more than one occasion.  But aside from that I have married outside of my “race”.  I find it odd to actually write this.  Simply because my husband and I don’t look at each other like we are different.  All we see is one race, the human race.

Which leads me to my other thought, why, the year of 2013, are some Americans so obsessed with race?  After President Barak Obama was elected most everyone thought finally an end to the racial tensions.  America has finally come full circle.  It has been a long hard road for the black community but they had arrived by the U.S. of A. voting in a black man for President.

Unfortunately, the reverse effect has happened since his election.  Race perceptions have gotten worse in this country.  Why have they gotten worse?  Because the Progressive Left is still stuck in the past.  The Progressive Left uses victim-hood as their means to manipulate and control.  Every argument or ideology that disagrees with the Progressives agenda is labeled as racist.  If you don’t believe me try watching MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, Al Sharpton, or listen to Jesse Jackson.  Even President Jimmy Carter said “I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man, that he’s African-American.”

My issues with our President have nothing to do with his skin color but everything to do with his Progressive agenda.  Heaven forbid if you should think for yourself and not accept the Progressive agenda…because if you do, you will be labeled a racist despite the fact that a recent study came out showing that Tea Party Conservatives are not racist.

So why talk about this and make an issue of Aisha’s problem with Santa being white?   What do race baiting televised political pundits have to do with small town Maine?   I have been reading a lot of stories of “racism” from around the country lately.  This kind of perverse thinking has permeated every corner of our country and undermined all the progress America has made.  A Portland, Oregon school has deemed peanut butter and jelly sandwiches racist.  According to political pundits on MSNBC the words “golf” and “Chicago” are racist.  Fox News contributor Juan Williams says even the words “Constitution” and “Founding Fathers” are racial code words.  Last but not least, my own 14 year old daughter was told at school that her not liking pink pencils was racist.  Yes, you’ve heard me right because she doesn’t like the color pink and didn’t want to keep a pink pencil she was told that “You don’t like the pencil for it’s color, therefore that’s racist.”   Even in small town Maine the race card has been unjustly played.

Race baiters need to stop looking for racism around every corner.  When I see someone constantly looking for racism I have to wonder… who really is racist here?  I am tired of being accused of being racist simply because I am white and I don’t agree with the Progressive agenda for America.   Have any of you wondered why racism got worse after President Obama became president?  Could it possibly be more about division than actual racism? Progressives know they cannot move their agenda forward if America is united.  Division is a Progressive tool.   As Americans are silenced and divided their plan to bring “change” gains steam.

I am getting tired of hearing the race card being thrown around because it completely undermines real racism when it happens.  Yes, real racism still exists but not on the level political pundits want you to believe it does.  I am not blind to the history of the plight that black people had to overcome.  I am so sorry that that happened.  As a family we watched the movie 42.  It was a fantastic movie about the courage it took to take a stand against racism in America.  But this is 2013.  America is not the America of it’s past.  It is time for forgiveness so all Americans can move forward in unity.  It’s time that the past get laid where it belongs… in the past.   But when you have Progressives like Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) saying things like “I stand here as a freed slave,” we will never get beyond racism of the past because her victim-hood won’t allow us too.   The absurdity for her to make such a claim does a huge disservice to her ancestors who truly were slaves.

America is a melting pot.  People from all over the world have flocked here for our freedom.   So let freedom ring…. and forgive.  Choosing forgiveness is your journey to true freedom.  Forgive so you can be free.  Forgive so America can continue to move forward and be the beacon as the shining city on the hill.


By:  Maria Solorzano


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