On Monday's edition of The Cycle on MSNBC, panelist/host Toure had the final word on Fox News and Megyn Kelly's silly-talk that Santa Claus and Jesus Christ were "of course white".
In yesterday's promo, Toure ethered Kelly by metaphorically putting her sloppy drunk on white privilege claims about Santa in a submission hold that the WWE's Daniel Bryan would have acknowledged as textbook perfect.
I smiled when Toure linked Santa Claus to the national security state, white privilege, white supremacy, and a fear by some white folks of a black man who is the all-seeing panoptic eye--he who knows if you are naughty or nice, can sneak into your house, and then punish or reward you. Well done. Very smart.
However, there could be an unintended complication in Toure's evisceration of Megyn Kelly's claims about the indisputable fact of Santa's whiteness. In his promo, Toure referenced the following documentary which purports to show what the "real life" Greek-Turkish "Santa Claus" would have supposedly looked like.
Based on some of the comments by white supremacists that I follow online, and who are passionately defending the whiteness of Santa Claus and Jesus--and any suggestion to the contrary as being evidence of "anti-white" and black "cultural appropriation" of white history--they would be mighty disturbed by the fact that the "historical" Santa is a bit swarthy and brown in complexion.
Race is a social construct. It has little to no basis in biology. As such, who is defined as "white", "black", or "other" is an arbitrary distinction with real social power that changes across time, place, and to fit certain political realities and questions.
In this Megyn Kelly "Santa Claus is of course white imbroglio", we may have stumbled upon a fact that many Americans are truly not prepared for. Could Jimmy McMillan, the recently famous "the rent is too damn high" politician from New York, be a direct relation to Santa Claus?
Their shared physical resemblance is uncanny.
Is Jimmy McMillan more proof that Santa Claus is a black man? Will Henry Louis Gates and PBS do a special on Mr. McMillan and Santa Claus's family origins so that we can finally get at the truth about the real "racial identity" of Santa Claus?
Where is Alex Jones when we need him?