In case anyone was wondering if Fox News and Megyn Kelly managed to reach anyone with their mind mindbogglingly stupid statements as to the race of Jesus and Santa Claus, consider Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.
Just days after the conservative television host got into hot water for telling all of the “kids” watching at home that Santa and Jesus both were and always would be white, a student of color at the Rio Rancho high school was told he couldn’t dress as Santa by a presently unidentified teacher, who stated the same.
Christopher Rougier, the teen in question who comes from a mixed race family, decided to dawn the garb of merry old Saint Nick, after the students of his high school were invited to dress up in celebration of the holiday season. (Yes holiday season…deal with it.) With some dressed as elves, others reindeer and of course, a number in the classic red and white of Santa, Rougier was singled out by the teacher who, according to Christopher’s father Michael, told him,
Christopher, don’t you know Santa Clause is white? Why are you wearing that?
The Rio Rancho school district has reported that the teacher has been disciplined, though just how and to what level have yet to be revealed. The concern raised by the teacher’s statements have now caused families in the school district – Christopher’s in particular – to worry if such racial biases (or at the very least, extremely poor judgement) have affected the student’s classroom experiences in other ways, such as grading or in class discipline.
When speaking with reporters, Christopher’s father Michael went on to state,
There’s no room for that in the classroom. Whether this teacher felt Christopher may have been wearing this out of context, there’s no room for it. There’s just no room for it.
The incident has caused many throughout the media to question openly if Fox correspondent Megyn Kelly’s statements, for which she has since been suspended over, are in some way to blame for the expression of ignorance which has thoroughly embarrassed the New Mexico teen and his family. Whether or not a direct correlation exists however, the fact remains that race relations in the United States remain an even more contentious issue than the so-called “war on Christmas.”
h/t: Freak Out Nation