Sunday, November 07, 2010
MOMMY! DADDY! THERE'S A TERRORIST UNDER THE TREE!!!
Ah, what child wouldn't want to see this first thing Christmas morning?
I found this on a shelf at Andrews AFB this week.
What is wrong with this picture?
Santa is not an African. He is a white European, with a fluffy white beard. And in a disturbing trend I've seen in malls for the last several years, Santa is not Asian and particularly, Santa is not a woman -- no matter how butch that woman looks.
Why do people do this? I can understand admiring other cultures and practicing their traditions and enjoying their food, music, dress, etc., but you should conform with the culture, not expect that culture to conform to yours. Every time I see a vendor selling one of those paintings of an African Jesus, I'm tempted to ask if they have one of a white Martin Luther King Jr.. Jesus was not a sub-Sarahan African. He was a Mediterranean Jew. And, he most likely looked something like this.
And, for nearly 2,0000 years, Western culture has portrayed Jesus as European.
I believe this silliness is just one of the many things that keeps racism alive. Whose culture is so weak that they must "borrow" from others?