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Black Santa at Mall of America

In this episode of White Fragility Weekly, it appears that white folks are having a meltdown over Mall of America’s first Black Santa Claus. Larry Jefferson, retired U.S. Army veteran from Irving, Texas, was scouted at a Santa convention in Missouri last summer. Out of 1,000 Santas at this convention, he was the only one of color. Jefferson told reporters, “They’re far and few between. That’s why I do it.” Nice, heartwarming Christmas miracle in the land of equal opportunity, right? WRONG.

Once again, white people lost their shit! Let’s take a look:

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The Minneapolis Star Tribune’s comments section got so racist and out of control,the dialogue about this historic event had to be shut down. “Looks like we had to turn comments off on story about Mall of America’s first black Santa. Merry Christmas everyone!” Scott Gillespie, editor of The Minneapolis Star Tribune wrote. This is America in 2016. 

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But Jefferson appears unbothered. He put it very simply in an interview with CBS Minnesota: “It’s no big deal, I’m still Santa, I just happen to be a Santa of Color.”

Merry Christmas, Post-Racial America!

Black Santa Larry Jefferson.


Heather was born in Chicago and raised in Pasadena, California and proudly claims Oakland as her adopted home. She has a B.A. in African-American Studies from Smith College (proud Smithie), and a Masters in Education Leadership from New York University. Heather's spent the past decade working in the field of educational equity and advocacy. She currently teaches Child and Adolescent Development at San Francisco State University and manages a blog called What's Happening Black Oakland? She also contributes to Blavity, a blog for black millennials. Heather's committed to writing interesting and relevant stories that aren't being covered by the mainstream media, while straying away from the single story that is usually imposed on people of color. In her free time she enjoys traveling and going to live shows.

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