Here’s Megyn Kelly’s Kwanzaa Reading Assignment

If she had delved into some of this material sooner, she might have known that Jesus wasn’t “white.”


It’s a shame that Fox News’ Megyn Kelly wasn’t on the air Thursday night to explain why she told her viewers Wednesday night that “Santa just is white,” so is Jesus, and “those are just facts.”

She left that lump of coal in our stockings, and none of her panelists even bothered to question Kelly’s “facts”—or to entertain the possibility that maybe, just maybe, when it comes to which box Santa Claus is checking (and checking it twice) on his census form—he might not check “white.”

That’s because, among other things, she didn’t bother to book Slate’s Aisha Harris for the show, even though it was Harris’ cheerful essay—about reimagining Santa as a cuddly postracial penguin—that was the inspiration for Kelly’s strangely emphatic and un-PC screed about the lineage of Jesus and ethnicity of jolly old St. Nick:

Here’s a brief reading list—or, really, multimedia syllabus—that Kelly might want to peruse when she has some free time this holiday season:

The Bible

By now it has almost certainly been revealed to Kelly that—at least in the book of Revelation—Jesus is described as having hair like “wool” and feet the color of “bronze.” She’s probably got this book at home, so it’s a good place for her to start.

The Kwanzaa Bible

Actually titled The African American Holiday of Kwanzaa, this slim volume by professor Maulana Karenga is the original book that outlines the tenets of the African-American holiday, which is cultural, not religious. In it, she’ll learn of the seven Kwanzaa principles—Umoja, Kujichagulia, Ujima, Ujamaa, Nia, Imani and—the one she should start with—Kuumba, which means “creativity,” since her own creative spirit is probably how she came up with white Jesus.