here we are again.

so here we are again. it seems like this debate is never ending. are we really arguing about whether SANTA CLAUS is really white? is this truly the latest outrage? are we discussing the verifiable facts of the skin color of Jesus? Am I really even stooping to the level of a fox news anchor to address more outlandish commentary… AGAIN?

look, i realize that we all have our vices. we all have our short comings. i’m not going to call megyn kelly stupid, a moron… enough people have done that. she has to live with herself and her beliefs and if her biggest issue these days is the skin color of a mythical character, than so be it. she must truly live a charmed life.

i’m not really upset at her insistence upon the skin color of Jesus, or Kris Kringle or whoever she desires to be white. it happens. as a black man, i’ve been living in a white world most of my life. i’ve lived with the insistence of many white people that the white world is better than any other. it’s what people do. black people do it too. so do asians and greeks. we think that what we have, what we are, who we are… is better. it’s how we cope. we put on a facade. we try to fake it.

megyn kelly’s message to the children of the world that santa and Jesus are/were white as “verifiable fact” isn’t really the main issue to me. ignorance is as ignorance does. it’s not significant to me that someone without verifiable facts can go on the air in this country and speak their faulty opinions. i think we know that this has been done for decades now. most people can see through this type of stuff. the problem i have mainly with her statements is that we are still talking about skin color in the realm that we are. we are still talking about one skin color being better than another. really? if that isn’t the case than why was it brought up?

my hope has always been, if someday i am blessed enough to be a father, to be able to discuss with my children the beauty of their heritage. i want to be able to talk about their dutch heritage they will receive from their mother. i want them to who they are and where they came from. i want them to be proud of their african heritage. i want them to read about george washington carver and all the things he created out of peanuts. i want them to read about harriet tubman and the underground railroad. i want them to hear the old spirituals that slaves would sing to make it through the long and painful days in the sun. i want them to know about jackie robinson and bill russell and now i can legitimately express to them that they too can become president. hopefully if i have a daughter i will be able to tell her she can be president too, based on history. but what i have never looked forward to is discussing ignorance with my children someday.

i don’t look forward to the day where i have to discuss that sometimes people can be cruel and mean and that is never going to change like my mom and dad had to do more than once. i hope i never have to discuss with them how ugly humanity can be. i remember the tears i shed as a kid because of the names white kids would call me. i have always hoped that by the time i had kids, this type of discussion would bot be necessary. yet in 2013 we are engaged in a heated debate about the skin color of a fake person and how outrageous it would be for this fake person to be anything but white.

is this really still the world we live in? megyn kelly didn’t go on air and shock her producers, directors and the entire news department at fox. that isn’t possible. they had a panel to discuss this. meaning this was a planned effort on the part of the news division to discuss the skin color of a mythical character. they didn’t go on air to discuss poverty, crime, lack of quality education for children or the food deserts that cause so many of our citizens to live unhealthy lives. no, her platform was used to once again show how ignorant we can be. her platform was used once again to show the disconnect between reality and fantasy.

i don’t really get why it makes a difference to a news anchor (and i use that term loosely in this case) whether santa is black, white, asian or cuban? what if i present santa too my kids as a penguin or a lion or if i, get this, never introduce them to santa at all? that santa or jesus is “verifiable fact” is just not true, but we know that. what we don’t really know is why it matters.

i don’t really enjoy writing about these types of issues. writing about ignorance can’t be enjoyable. i don’t think reading about it is either. i just hope someday we can really begin to focus on what matters. i hope someday that we can really look past the surface of matters. someday.

un-hinged.

these are fascinating times aren’t they? the world just seems a little un-hinged. just a little bit.

we want to be connected, but really only digitally. that’s what is so nice about facebook and twitter and linkedin, we don’t actually have to “talk” to people, we don’t have time for that, or the desire.

we want to fight for justice and freedom, but mainly from our macbooks and ipads. we criticize the good for pointing out the bad. we tear down jason russell as if he is the bigger threat to children than joseph kony.

we mock tim tebow for… praying. nevermind the hundreds of players we’ve seen “tebow-ing” through the years. just don’t tell me anymore that america loves a feel-good story. as soon as we can find a reason to cut into a person, trust me… it will happen.

the other day i was watching fox news and of course they were complaining about the “liberal media” controlling who wins the white house, that is to be expected from them. however, unbelievably, they attempted to make a connection tying obama using the outrage from the trayvon martin case to springboard his re-election campaign. really? a bit of a reach i’d say. even for fox news. it is sad how a young man walking the street at night, and against geraldo rivera’s wishes is wearing a hoodie, with his skittles and ice tea could suddenly become a danger not only to a community but to the conservative base of america. 

which leads me to this. how proud are we of our treatment of our leaders in office? it’s humorous how often people think they know better than the man in charge. this goes back decades if not centuries, we always think we know best until we have to do it ourselves. it is amusing to watch senators and congressman and mayors and… rush limbaugh or sean hannity… criticize someone for the job they themselves have never done nor have the desire or even ability to do. what is the term our mother’s taught us? if you don’t have a solution to the problem you are complaining about, just shut up? i think it goes something like that.

we are in a strange world these days. unlike any other. we fight active apathy with facebook campaigns. in america we wonder “how would that ever work?” yet it did in egypt, didn’t it? goodness, they are naming their children facebook in egypt because of how much it worked. it is a scary world these days too. we don’t really know what is next anymore. it isn’t the cookie cutter world we are used to. and it’s not just because of 9/11. it is because we have become engulfed against each other. our focus is becoming more about hearing ourselves being right instead of doing what is right. our moral obligations to each other have been thrown out the window.

our world has become un-hinged just a bit.