The Almost Turk and the Jew

Note to my overseas readers: Recently a bright woman who has her own show on a television network reputed to be conservative stated in a sarcastic manner that Santa Claus is white and so is Jesus. “Live with it,” she added meanly. The liberal media have been in a rage ever since. They don’t quite know how to accuse others of racism toward a person (Santa ) who may not exist. Below is my own poisonous contribution.

I see no reason to compromise in the current culture war (“Kulturkampf“): Santa Claus is obviously white because he comes from pre-Turkish Asia Minor where everyone was white. Santa was almost a Turk, just a little too early, that’s all. Along the way, he got redesigned in Bavaria, white too. Jesus was also white although he looked suspiciously Jewish. I mean by “white” that both would have easily sat in the front of the bus in Alabama in 1950. Now, to be fair, one of the magi (so-called “wise men”) visiting the baby Jesus from Persia may have been black, as in “African.” Go figure!

And no, he was not depicted as a servant as a way to demean people with sub-Saharan African ancestry. Don’t even go there! He was one of the “rois-mages” in French; that means “king.” That’s all there is to it. In fact, I am pretty sure he brought baby Jesus gold as a gift. Not bad!

In my view, if other racial groups want to claim either a Santa or a Jesus, they will have to invent their own. I look forward to an Asian fat man who brings presents, for example. (But what will he ride?) And we could easily use another Savior, perhaps a girl with African features. They are all welcome to borrow both Santa and Jesus in the meantime but they may not ( NOT) change their identity by force. (When your neighbor lends you his plate, you are not supposed to paint it over.)


About Jacques Delacroix

I write short stories, current events comments, and sociopolitical essays, mostly in English, some in French. There are other people with the same first name and same last name on the Internet. I am the one who put up on Amazon in 2014: "I Used to Be French: an Immature Autobiography" and also: "Les pumas de grande-banlieue." To my knowledge, I am the only Jacques Delacroix with American and English scholarly publications. In a previous life, I was a teacher and a scholar in Organizational Theory and in the Sociology of Economic Development. (Go ahead, Google me!) I live in the People’s Green Socialist Republic of Santa Cruz, California.
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5 Responses to The Almost Turk and the Jew

  1. Tige d'airain says:

    Congratulations Jacques for this previously unreleased biography of the “Pere Noel”. On this basis I guess that the French government shall now accept the admission of Turkey in the glorious European Community.

  2. RichInSoquel says:

    Can you recommend sources for the pre-Turkish Asia Minor origin? Have you seen

  3. Nice story but just another Scandinavian Chamber of Commerce product: The Vikings stole mostly superfluous stuff like gold objects from churches and they didn’t rape all that much, etc, etc..

    I don’t know of any specific source on pre- Turkish Asia minor. It was just a Roman then a Byzantine area for several centuries. Its most interesting period is that covered by various Greek tyrannies, heirs to Alexander the Great. For that period I highly l recommend the painting The Death of Sardanapalus by my namesake Delacroix, a fair warning to unreasonable feminists. ( If i knew how, I would post it permanently on my blog.) And then, there are Saint Paul’s Epistles.

  4. david says:

    one ought not forget the place where santa is said to reside in his mythology: the north pole. generally speaking, the further north one goes the less likely one is to possess naturally high amounts of skin pigmentation. to think of such a thing the rabid commentators would have to heel and think for a minute.

  5. McHenry says:

    I’m going to get a committee on this so later today I’ll sit back and imagine the Brother’s Grimm Court for Affirmative Fairy Tale Action. We can call it BiG CAFTA. I think the jury will conclude that Santa is Mulato.

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