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Teacher under fire for racist Santa remarks
KOB-4 ^ | 12/16/2013 | Erica Zucco

Posted on 12/16/2013 2:31:23 PM PST by LonelyCon

A Rio Rancho teen just wanted to dress up for the holidays at his school. Other kids dressed as Santa, so he did too. Now, his teacher is under fire for a comment he made that some parents are calling racist. Students at Cleveland High School were told they could dress up as Santa, elves or reindeer. But when a black student chose to be Santa Claus, he was called out for the color of his skin. "Christopher, don't you know Santa Claus is white? Why are you wearing that?" Michael Rougier remembered. When Rougier learned that is how a teacher reacted to his child when he showed up to school wearing Santa hat and beard, he was livid. "There's no room for that in the classroom," Rougier said. "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." A spokesperson for Rio Rancho Public Schools says the Cleveland High School teacher knows he made a "dumb" mistake, and that he has since apologized to the Rougier family.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New Mexico
KEYWORDS: black; santa

1 posted on 12/16/2013 2:31:23 PM PST by LonelyCon
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To: LonelyCon

Didn’t the teacher’s mother ever tell her Santa is not a real person?


2 posted on 12/16/2013 2:34:33 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: LonelyCon

In today’s world, that is a REAL crime. We haven’t heard the end of it.

But when a black kid kills a white old man, that’s nothing.


3 posted on 12/16/2013 2:36:55 PM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: LonelyCon

All these troublemakers should be given a drawing of Santa Claus and a box of crayons and told to color it in.

Then we will all find out how racist they are.


4 posted on 12/16/2013 2:42:49 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: LonelyCon

Facepalm.


5 posted on 12/16/2013 2:47:50 PM PST by Antihero101607
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To: LonelyCon

He could have come as “zwarte piet”, the Dutch santa’s helper...


6 posted on 12/16/2013 2:49:29 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: LonelyCon

OK, I vote this person be named Dumbest Teacher of the Year.

Gee whiz, let the kid dress up as Santa, regardless.

A face-palm is definitely appropriate here.


7 posted on 12/16/2013 2:50:11 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: LonelyCon

What an idiot


8 posted on 12/16/2013 2:59:22 PM PST by Mercat
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To: LonelyCon
Since the original St. Nicholas was probably a Turk, he might have been of any shade.
9 posted on 12/16/2013 3:01:14 PM PST by JoeFromSidney ( book, RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY, available from Amazon.)
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To: LonelyCon

:: When Rougier learned that is how a teacher reacted to his child ::

Sounds like the kid was telling a “bouncy”. This one might not pass the smell test....


10 posted on 12/16/2013 3:01:16 PM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations: The acronym defines the science.)
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To: LonelyCon

So, if a white student dresses up a Martin Luther King, is anyone who corrects them a racist?

Didn’t think so.


11 posted on 12/16/2013 3:07:23 PM PST by Darteaus94025 (Can't have a Liberal without a Lie)
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To: LonelyCon

:: A spokesperson for Rio Rancho Public Schools says the Cleveland High School teacher knows he made a “dumb” mistake, and that he has since apologized to the Rougier family. ::

Again, second-hand knowledge. This has an odor to it.

That said, if I, (a pasty-white XPian male over 50) was accused of the same, I’d simply apologize (through a surrogate, like this) and try to disappear too.

Such a situation is ^designed^ to be a conflagration for the racist lust of the media.


12 posted on 12/16/2013 3:07:31 PM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations: The acronym defines the science.)
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To: LonelyCon

K?

And dressing in Black Face is a horrible crime against humanity


13 posted on 12/16/2013 3:10:09 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: LonelyCon
You've been found guilty of noticing a black student's skin color.

Sentence - death.

14 posted on 12/16/2013 3:16:57 PM PST by skeeter
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To: LonelyCon

Will the white Santa become a victim of the knock out game?


15 posted on 12/16/2013 3:19:17 PM PST by just me (We are taking our first steps into a thousand years of darkness)
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To: LonelyCon

That teacher could sue for slander for the racism accusation.


16 posted on 12/16/2013 3:21:05 PM PST by RginTN
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To: LonelyCon
Don't tell Mr. T!


17 posted on 12/16/2013 3:22:40 PM PST by BBell (The Blue Dog is Stupid)
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To: LonelyCon

If the teacher actually said this, it was probably a joke, one that invited some similarly “cute” riposte from the kid. But evidently we’re too touchy for that in the Age of Obama.


18 posted on 12/16/2013 3:23:09 PM PST by madprof98
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To: LonelyCon

Apparently, the teacher came to school playing the part of that small, pink, puckered opening located just under the base of Rudolph’s tail...


19 posted on 12/16/2013 3:24:38 PM PST by moovova
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To: LonelyCon

I remember some song

Santa Clause wears a red suit — must be a Communist

Long hair and a white beard — must be a Pacifist

and more


20 posted on 12/16/2013 3:24:44 PM PST by Scrambler Bob ( Concerning bo -- that refers to the president. If I capitalize it, I mean the dog.)
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To: LonelyCon
It looks like there are enough "Sanctus Nicolaus's", "Sinterklaas's", and "Saint Nicholas's" to go around. He could be any color a little kid wants.

HEY TEACHER!

Leave those kids alone.

21 posted on 12/16/2013 3:30:56 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: LonelyCon

the actual saint nick was white. this is undeniable.

although the spirit of saint nick can express itself in anyone.

historically, santa is white. but if you believe in santa, and by that I mean the giving spirit of Christmas and the rememberance of our Lord, then expressing it with a santa suit personally is fine regardless of your race.

but, if you’re making a doll... a representation of the original saint nick, then it should be white. anything else would be a lie.


22 posted on 12/16/2013 3:42:48 PM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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the actual saint nick was white. this is undeniable.

Yeah, that 4th Century "Sanctus Nicolaus" was Greek. He probably had big bushy black eyebrows, snappy dark eyes, a big black ,and a darker skin tone.

Kinky Friedman states that everyone knows it was not the Jews, but Santa Claus that killed Jesus Christ.

Some refer to him as Satan Claws, and his eight tiny rain demons. (flying horned gods)

23 posted on 12/16/2013 3:51:24 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: sten
the actual saint nick was white. this is undeniable.

But he did not wear a red suit, live at the North Pole, or fly around the skies in a sled pulled by reindeer. The "Santa Claus" character as depicted in popular culture is a myth, not the historical St. Nicholas, and hence can be of any color.

24 posted on 12/16/2013 3:53:36 PM PST by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
a big black beard

(sorry)

25 posted on 12/16/2013 4:04:23 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: LonelyCon

Sounds like an inappropriate joke.

The main lesson here is don’t become a teacher. Absolutely not worth it at all.


26 posted on 12/16/2013 4:12:54 PM PST by sunrise_sunset
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To: JoeFromSidney

the Turks hadn’t invaded Greek asia minor yet


27 posted on 12/16/2013 4:21:19 PM PST by hecht (america 9/11, Israel 24/7)
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To: LonelyCon

And here I thought Christmas was about the birth of Jesus Christ.


28 posted on 12/16/2013 4:48:23 PM PST by montag813 (NO AMNESTY * ENFORCE THE LAW * http://StandWithArizona.com)
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To: LonelyCon

Years ago, Brumett Echohawk (Pawne), told of what happened at an Indian school in Oklahoma when Santa showed up. The children fled in terror!

The school administration put their heads together, and then there was a visit to the children by an Indian Santa. Buckskins, feathers, spoke the children’s language. Still had his bag of toys and the children loved it!

Santa can be any color you want him to be.


29 posted on 12/16/2013 5:24:19 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Pawne = Pawnee.


30 posted on 12/16/2013 5:25:04 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: LonelyCon

It was a stupid remark.


31 posted on 12/16/2013 5:59:30 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: colorado tanker

What is the problem with Santa Claus, anyway?

Yes, St. Nicholas was a Greek/Caucasian person!

Santa Claus is a legendary figure based originally on St. Nicholas, but the mythic proportions of his personality in our society make him mostly a legend. I do not see why anyone would care whether a student who is black, wears a Santa Claus costume. Is this teacher an idiot?


32 posted on 12/16/2013 7:34:01 PM PST by Gumdrop
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