Mogaz- A black Santa Claus has made the trek from the North Pole to the biggest mall in America for the first time ever this Christmas.
Larry Jefferson will spend four days bringing cheer to children at the Mall of America in Minnesota, becoming the first Santa of color to take part in the seasonal celebrations.
Santa Larry traveled to Minneapolis - presumably by reindeer-drawn sleigh - to take part in the massive event.
Despite the extra attention he receives, Larry says he is just another of Santa's many helpers.
'It’s no big deal, I’m still Santa, I just happen to be a Santa of Color,' he told WCCO.
'Santa is still just Santa. Kids are very innocent, they just love Santa.'
Trump's America? My ass! We got a Black Santa coming to the preeminent shopping plaza in the continental United States! We may have regressed a 'Green Mile' by electing a reality star to take the reigns of the country from the first African American to ever lead it, but we took more than a small step forward by hiring a black guy to take the reigns of his inanimate sleigh as the most important mall Santa in Middle America! You want to tell me that having an unorthodox looking Saint Nick isn't that big of a deal then be my guest. However, I would suggest keeping that perspective hush around any parents that reside in Minneapolis and already began pre-transcribing the inevitable 1,000 "why?" conversation they are going to have to have with their children when Kris Kringle doesn't look like he does in any representation they have seen of him. There's supposed to be one fat, bearded man getting dragged around the entire world in one night, and every book, movie, and decoration they have ever seen says that man is not supposed to look like James Harden's light skinned uncle.
Personally? I love this move. I think every mall Santa should be black. Not only for the sake of progressiveness, but to make all the racist assholes trying to spread their bigotry through to the next generation super comfortable. You can convince any young, naive kid that a random stranger is inherently inferior because of their skin color, but not when they think that that stranger is the one leaving the presents under their tree. That beard is real, and - last time I checked (aka watched a Christmas movie) - all kids needed was a tug to confirm their belief in a jolly man sliding down literally all the chimneys in less than 12 hours.
Random aside: One Christmas morning I woke up and we had a African American Santa ornament hanging on the tree. Obviously I sent a picture of it to my black friend (yes, I know how cliche that sounds) and was met with "Black Santa doesn't give...he takes". Let's hope Larry doesn't tell any similar self-deprecating race jokes around the mildly confused children.