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Beard has to be white, not Santa

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Carlo Klemm

Beard has to be white, not Santa

December 10, 2008

by Desiree Cooper, freep.com

Detroit Free Press

EXCERPT:

It looks like we might get a white Christmas this year. But for many people of color, every Christmas is white: white angels, white cherubs and, of course, a white Santa Claus.

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Jeryn Calhoun, who is African American, has been playing Santa for about eight years. This year, the Roseville native professionalized his hobby by going the C.W. Howard Santa School in Midland. It's considered the Harvard of Santa schools. Out of the 70 students from all over the United States and Canada, Calhoun was the only African American. But Calhoun was undaunted.

"Santa is really like a spirit or an ideal," he said. "When someone is in that Santa suit, the children are colorblind. It's the parents who say, 'Wow, a black Santa!' "

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Jeryn Calhoun of Roseville practices driving his sleigh at Midland's famous C.W. Howard Santa School in Midland. He was the only African American in the class this year. He plays Santa at Northland Mall.

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Santa Everett

Santa Jeryn was one of my classmates at CWH this year. He's a great ambassador who exemplifies the giving spirit of Santa.

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Santa Bill
Santa Jeryn was one of my classmates at CWH this year. He's a great ambassador who exemplifies the giving spirit of Santa.

Santa Everett is right. I met him as well At school.

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Santa Trever

What a great story!!

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Santa Robert in KC

It is wonderful to see a new Santa of Color entering the ranks. I know there are a number out there, but

I've never seen any on any of the Santa Sites. I know that Kansas City has had one off and on at one of our inner city shopping malls in the past, but I have not been able to connect with them. I have found that most children don't care what color Santa is, only that he is Santa. I would think that a Santa of Color would be in very high demand for parties in many of our cities.

I have told many men of Color that I have run into that they would make an excellent Santa and that they

should pursue that calling... have yet to find one that does in professionally.

Please note that within not to many years, the so called "white" population will be the minority with Blacks,

Asians and Hispanics out numbering the current white population. We should work to include men from

those ranks now so they will be ready to help. Remember St. Nicholas came from Turkey and would be

considered a minority member in the USA today.

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SantaJG

Someone who knows him should invite him to ClausNET! That would be wonderful!

We are brothers in red, no matter what color our skin!

Edited by SantaJG

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Michael Rielly
Someone who knows him should invite him to ClausNET! That would be wonderful!

We are brothers in red, no matter what color our skin!

Please do! In fact if you know any Santa/s, Mrs. Claus/es, or Elves not on ClausNET, please be sure to invite them. The more the merrier!

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