Santa Claus is a character based on Saint Nicholas who was *white*, but with this said, the image of Santa Claus that will pop into your head when you think of him, was created by the Coca Cola company close to 15 years ago.
It's not racist, it's just the image that was created for Santa by people like coca Cola as Aaron said. He originally was just an old man (who was white) but people have changed his image to fit their own purposes. Think of him like a logo for Christmas.
It's not racist for people to be white. I think it's racist against white people that every role model or tv character has to be black or Asian or Anything but a white male. To answer your question though, St Nick was a real person who used to give toys to children and he was white.
It's just the person representing Santa. It's not really racist unless you think that way or you think too hard. This is one of my pet peeves. It's not racist to be a certain race, and people really need to quit getting offended over little things
Color of skin is important to some people. If it's all-important to you that he be portrayed as black, or that someone is racist for seeing him as their own skin color, perhaps you are seeing the world a bit narrowly. We all have our view of the world; it is jarring when another doesn't share it. But it's not always racism when they don't.
Seriously?! This is the problem-people cry racism over everything. I find it absurd, asinine and downright childish to argue over the "skin color" of a fictional character. Maybe the people who cry racism because Santa isn't their skin color are the racist ones. There are far more important issues in society to worry about than Santa's ethnicity. The problem the words racist and racism is they're watered down, overused and have become the new "Boy Who Cried Wolf". Others just look for reasons to be upset or offended-they're miserable and just want to complain about everything.
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Because a white person created a character who would bring joy to his primarily white germanic neighbours. Why is Shiva Indian? Why is Osiris Middle-Eastern? Why is Centeotl Hispanic? Because they reflect who created them. If you want to believe in an Asian Santa, go right ahead. But whatever colour he traditionally portrayed as due to his origin, it's not "racist" and you don't have to ruin others' holiday fun. Merry Christmas!
The original St. Nicholas was Bishop of Myra, and even his birthplace of Patara, were both on the Mediterranean Sea, in the southern part of Asia Minor (in what is now Turkey). So even if he was lighter skinned, it's unlikely that he was "white" in the sense that most people tend to depict him as.
Though based on older folklore, the current image of Santa Claus, was, if I'm not mistaken - created as part of an magazine article in the late 1800s. So if he was originally depicted as being "white", then that was up to the artist at the time, and whatever demographic they were aiming for.
At this point, I think that anyone who tries to claim that he has to be one particular race over another is missing the true meaning of the season.