A New Mexico high school teacher has been disciplined after a parent says the man told his black son that Santa Claus is white.

Officials at the school in Rio Rancho, about 15 miles north of Albuquerque, said Saturday that the teacher recently was disciplined for his comments to the student.

The move came after students at Cleveland High School were told they could come to class dressed as Santa, an elf or a reindeer.

Christopher Rougier, a ninth grader, arrived wearing a Santa hat and beard, and the teacher asked the boy: “Don’t you know Santa Clause is white?  Why are you wearing that?”

Michael Rougier, Christopher’s father, stated that the teacher’s comments enraged him.

The incident happened the same week that Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly said on the air that both Santa Claus and Jesus were white.  Her comments drew national attention and prompted a slew of heated comments on blogs and social media sites.

A spokeswoman for Rio Rancho Public Schools told The Associated Press that the Cleveland High School teacher knows he made a “stupid mistake” and has since apologized to the Rougier family.

“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.”

Michael Rougier said he still has concerns about the teacher. “If he has that attitude, how is it affecting students, studies, grading habits, trending toward Caucasian kids?

The teacher still works at Cleveland, but Christopher has been removed from his class at his family’s request.

Since most adults should be aware that Santa Claus is indeed, a fictional character, than the color of his skin should not matter?  Is it not better to allow our children and grandchildren to believe in a Santa Claus, no matter what color he is, just so long as they believe?  Now, I have just pissed off some feminist because I referred to Santa as a “he”.  And if I refer to Mrs. Claus as a female, than now I am gay bashing.

Regardless of whom you are and what you are, I am tired of people fighting over words that are “politically incorrect” or because they upset someone’s personal opinion of what is acceptable or not acceptable.  I really do not care what color of skin Santa has and you are entitled to believe whatever you want, but that also means that I have the right to believe differently from you.

Megyn Kelly’s recent comment that Santa and Jesus is white can be her belief and should not be criticized for it.  My problem with the comment was after the criticism started rolling in from social media, she naturally went on to defend her comments as “humor” and can’t anyone take a joke?  She knows perfectly well what she meant when she made this statement and it was about as innocent as Paula Deen using the N word.  They open their mouths, then try to back track and play the victim.  It is interesting that Fox News Network has not reprimanded her for her comments.

So again, my question is: why can’t we all believe whatever we want to believe?

As a country based on freedom, why can’t people be FREE to believe that a fictitious character can be WHATEVER THE HELL COLOR they want?

Why should a black family in an all-black community believe that Santa Claus is white?  Says who?  Sure, he has always, in our white communities been depicted as white but why is it our place to say that it how it has to be?   According to history, Santa Claus “is a fantasy figure who’s origin is derived from legendary, mythical, and historical folklore.  Sure, he was originally depicted as a fat, bearded white man in a red suit, but if he is a mythical and folkloric being, then why can’t he be a thin black man with no facial hair? Or purple for that matter?

Kids think Barney is real and he is a huge purple dinosaur.  They love smurfs that are blue and other characters of different colors.  Sponge Bob is yellow. Should than, Megyn Kelly go on air and debunk these characters as fake?

Kids love the fantasy; we love their innocence and ability to believe.  How precious it is for our children to give us those looks, eyes full of wonder when they believe so hard that there is this person who is watching to see if they are good or bad, naughty or nice?  Why does something so beautiful have to become something racial?

It appears that everything has to be turned into an issue and we take exception to everything we read or hear on TV.

So, this holiday season let’s have everyone mind their own business and let each person and family believe what they want.  If they want Santa to be black so be it.  White, so be it.  Purple, so be it.  Who cares?  Let’s just allow the spirit of the season, which is one of giving and thankfulness to reside in all of us.

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