Yes, Megyn, there is a Santa Claus, but hes not a white guy.
Neither is he exclusively black, brown, tan or any other color.
Hes all of the above depending on whos doing the wishing.
Megyn Kelly begs to differ. The Fox News anchor, in response to writer Aisha Harris, recently asserted on air that Santa is indisputably white.
Harris, whos black, wrote about wondering as a child why Santa was always shown as a white man to the exclusion of other ethnicities. She suggested changing him to, wrong polar cap aside, a penguin.
Taking umbrage, Kelly started an only-in-America kerfuffle. Carols and Christmas cheer may have drowned out the squawking before long, but then a New Mexico high school teacher had to open his big, biased mouth.
During a school holiday costume event, the teacher reportedly told a black freshman in a Santa outfit that he couldnt be Santa because, obviously, the big guys white.
According to his father, the embarrassed boy now loathes the holiday.
And so, because of a narrow-minded jerk or, to give the benefit of doubt, one with a terrible sense of humor a childs Christmas has been ruined.
Thats cause for real anger.
To be sure, were not sold on the idea of St. Nick suddenly waddling around living rooms as a chubby, rosy-cheeked penguin.
But we think theres room for flexibility when it comes to his appearance. After all, he started out as a Greek priest in southern Turkey about 1,700 years ago, and since then, has gone through various permutations over the centuries to reach his current jolly self.
Why cant someone who circles the globe in one night, squeezing into all sorts of homes, also be multicultural, changing his ethnicity for different children? Hes all things to all people, not bound to reality and European custom any more than his reindeer are to gravity.
Ask any child who believes: Hes more than just a fat man stretching a red suit.
Hes hope and joy and innocence, the stuff of sugar plum dreams.
In no way should he become fodder for our mortal culture wars. Hes above all that and not just because he likes traveling at a decent cruising altitude.
Drag him down to our level, and you run the risk of coal-filled stockings.
Children like the New Mexico boy deserve better than our petty squabbles. They need more people focused on the spirit Santa embodies instead of his body itself.
Last time we checked, happiness has no color.