Remember, we have to learn to walk before we can learn to run
Thanks and a hat tip to OT reader Kristie, who sent me a link to Aisha Harris’s Slate post on Santa, and to Megyn Kelly’s response to Harris on Fox News – which turned out to be not what I expected.
Harris is an African American, and her essay talks about her dual relationships with the two Santa Clauses she grew up with: the ubiquitous white Santa, and the black Santa she saw in pictures and ornaments in her own house. It’s a thoughtful essay, and I find her solution to reconciling this dichotomy creative and clever even as I resist endorsing it. (You should read the post yourself to see what Harris’s unorthodox dual-Santa solution is, but here’s a hint.)
After reading Harris’s essay, I clicked on the link to Fox’s Fair & Balanced Folk expecting to see faux outrage regarding Harris’s evil War on Christmas — and was quite pleasantly surprised.
Fox host Megyn Kelly starts out the segment saying she was prepared to use Harris’s piece as WOC fodder, but then – I can’t believe this is Fox news saying this – took the time to actually read it, and found she could empathize with where Harris is coming from.
On the one hand, this seems such a little thing. But for Fox to take a lobbed softball like this and let it go over the plate without swinging is actually kind of heartening. Coming the day after the Ryan-Murray budget compromise press conference (made weeks before a potential forced shutdown!), I kind feel like someone should pinch me. And if you throw in Boehner’s angry take down of the pseudo-conservative fundraisers, I begin to wonder if I really am dreaming.
I know it’s way too early to tell, and I certainly don’t want to get my hopes up. Helll, we still have an election coming up in eleven months, and we know how out of hand those things can get. Still, I find myself asking if I’m witnessing the ultimate Christmas miracle. As I watch this clip, and I think about the budget agreement and Boehner’s newly acquired spine, I am daring to ask the question…
Is the GOP finally coming around?
If so, there’s still a long way to go. Ryan and Boehner are each, after all, under fire from the conservative factions in their party for daring to be adults. Disentangling itself from the same nut jobs that gave them years of ratings bonanza certainly won’t be easy, if it’s possible at all at this point. And to circle back to the start of the post, there is the end of Kelly’s commentary on the Harris piece:
Santa just is white… Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable, doesn’t mean it has to change.
Jesus was a white man, too. He was a historical figure, that is a verifiable fact.”
Yeah, you know how historians go on and on about the historical figure of Jesus, who was born in, um… let’s say Norway, and who lived his adult years in Edinburgh. And of course, the all-white Fox commentariate smiled and nodded as she was saying it.
Still… baby steps, right?