Fox News host Megyn Kelly says Jesus and Santa are white
Responding to an editorial in Slate magazine that Santa was not white, Fox host Megan Kelly claimed otherwise.
Is she right? Technically yes, but that isn't the point. She didn't mean it in a technical sense and we all know it.
Jesus and St. Nicholas were both very much Middle Eastern. There is no doubt that Jesus originating in Palestine was ethnically Palestinian and in a broad sense Arab. St. Nicholas hailed from the southern coast of Turkey, and might have been ethnically Greek. In her defense it could be argued that it was the Germans who transformed St. Nick into the overweight Germanic man we see in Western culture. In any event, the technical and very broad sense says all definitions are considered white and are really just subdivisions of the broader white race.
Kelly's mistake is being so blunt about it. When the word "white" is brought up in the sense of race, most people do not pop images of Turkish or Palestinian men in their heads. Biased Western art universally depicts Jesus with brown to auburn hair and Celtic white skin. The fact is, neither Jesus nor St. Nick was the Northern European portrayed and imagined in Western culture. In contrast, Jesus is not portrayed as Caucasian in Ethiopian and Middle Eastern religious art, but the Palestinian/Arab he actually was. There is almost a racist aversion in Western culture to admitting Jesus was a Palestinian Jew, perhaps because it is harder to connect people with religious figures outside of their own race.
This extra explanation was required by Kelly to avoid misinterpretation and reinforcement of incorrect portrayals, but was not given.