In order to save kids from racial insecurity, Santa Claus' inherent whiteness (and humanity) should be done away with, according to Slate writer Aisha Harris.
"I remember feeling slightly ashamed that our black Santa wasn't the 'real thing,' " wrote the author, who asked her father if Santa was white or black. "Two decades later, America is less and less white, but a melanin-deficient Santa remains the default in commercials, mall casting calls, and movies. Isn't it time that our image of Santa better serve all the children he delights each Christmas?"
Ms. Harris suggests that America "abandon Santa-as-fat-old-white-man" in favor of a penguin, because "it would spare millions of nonwhite kids the insecurity and shame" that she felt in childhood.
The Slate writer concluded that a penguin Santa would join the Easter Bunny in the "pantheon of friendly, secular visitors from the animal kingdom" that abound during the holiday season.
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