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#1 Hum

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 21:39

The family of an African-American high school student in New Mexico says he's crushed after a teacher questioned why he was wearing Santa garb during a school holiday dress-up day last week, CNN affiliate KOAT reported.

The teacher told Christopher Rougier, a freshman at Cleveland High School, that he couldn't be Santa because Santa is white, the student's father, Michael, told KOAT.

"He was embarrassed," he told the station.

Now, his son doesn't want anything to do with Christmas.

Michael Rougier said the teacher called his wife to apologize, but that's not enough.

"He needs to be fired," Rougier told KOAT. "For him to make a comment like that, there has to be at a minimum prejudice in him, and we don't have room for that."

Kim Vesely, the director of Rio Rancho Public Schools, released a statement to media about the incident.

"This situation involves a teacher recently hired by Cleveland High who made -- and admits he made -- a stupid mistake," the director said. "The remark was inappropriate and should not have been made. The teacher feels very badly about what occurred. He self-reported the incident to the principal and has apologized to the student and to the student's parent. Appropriate disciplinary action has been taken."

The boy's family has asked that he be moved out of the teacher's class, and the school has complied, Vesely said.

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 21:43

omg, when are these firestorms going to end?? First, I have to disagree with the school. If a black student wanted to play Santa, let them play Santa..

 

 

With that said, all of that other news about Fox News saying Santa was white during an off hand comment that was not suppose to mean anything, got blown way of proportion. This country is too damn sensitive. 



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 21:45

There are black Elvis' -- so why not Santa ... ?



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 21:53

And this situation needs to go no further, the teacher acknowledged his mistake, reported it and apologized.  The student and family can accept this and even reach out to the teacher (and vice versa) and everyone can work with each other to create a positive community attitude.



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 22:02

OK.. In all the history of Santa, show me where Santa is portrayed as black.  Teacher might have been a bit of a pillock, but he was right!



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 22:18

He should've dressed as John McClane. It's more believable Christmas story anyhow.



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 22:22

OK.. In all the history of Santa, show me where Santa is portrayed as black.  Teacher might have been a bit of a pillock, but he was right!

I wasn't aware of Santa being real... Even if he were... You don't need the race of the actor to match that of the character...



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 22:26

I wasn't aware of Santa being real... Even if he were... You don't need the race of the actor to match that of the character...

Well.. every depiction of "Santa" is white. Also, most times they do try to match them, as it is more comforting on a human level.  I am not trying to be racist in this, but EVERYONE feels more comfortable on SOME level when someone matches their ethnicity.  Am I saying there can't be a black santa? No, I am saying all depictions of Santa is that of a fat white man, and to change it.. will affect general comfort about it.  Just like there are no recordings of a black jesus.. or a white MLK.



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 22:56

firey, on 16 Dec 2013 - 17:26, said:firey, on 16 Dec 2013 - 17:26, said:

Well.. every depiction of "Santa" is white. Also, most times they do try to match them, as it is more comforting on a human level.  I am not trying to be racist in this, but EVERYONE feels more comfortable on SOME level when someone matches their ethnicity.  Am I saying there can't be a black santa? No, I am saying all depictions of Santa is that of a fat white man, and to change it.. will affect general comfort about it.  Just like there are no recordings of a black jesus.. or a white MLK.

 

Ermagerd so much stupid in one post.

 

You shouldn't racially discriminate in general but to do it to a child as an educator? You have to be a pretty big knob.



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 22:59

Santa is Turkish.

 

But, feel free to continue.



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 23:02

Well.. every depiction of "Santa" is white. Also, most times they do try to match them, as it is more comforting on a human level.  I am not trying to be racist in this, but EVERYONE feels more comfortable on SOME level when someone matches their ethnicity.  Am I saying there can't be a black santa? No, I am saying all depictions of Santa is that of a fat white man, and to change it.. will affect general comfort about it.  Just like there are no recordings of a black jesus.. or a white MLK.

 

Jesus wasn't white either.



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 23:04

OK.. In all the history of Santa, show me where Santa is portrayed as black.  Teacher might have been a bit of a pillock, but he was right!

 

http://moonbase.rydi...e-face-of-santa



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 23:05

Jesus wasn't white either.

 

Jesus is the colour of whoever happens to worship him. He's White in the West; Christianity is growing in China and if you look at the mosaic art in Church windows in China, Jesus and his disciples are all Chinese.



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 23:08

Uhh Santa is mostly red last time I checked.



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 23:09

OK.. In all the history of Santa, show me where Santa is portrayed as black.  Teacher might have been a bit of a pillock, but he was right!

 

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Seriously though, the essence of Santa is known through out the world by what ever nationality you are within. Of course there are black santa, even if the modern version are based on more European folklore and imagery.