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Black Santa for Black Friday

black santa.JPGIf there's one thing we know for sure, it's that The Man wants to control every aspect of American culture - including how we celebrate Christmas. The Man made Jesus white, even though J.C. was born in the mid-east. The three wise men? White, white, and white. Frosty the Snowman? Yup, you guessed it. But Jeffery Bradley, owner of Dallas-based NetNia Publishing, has drawn the line at Santa Claus. So he created Black Santa.

As Bradley writes on blacksantamagicletters.com, "One day I was searching the Internet and came across websites offering letters from Santa Claus you can personalize yourself....One problem: I wanted to send letters that reflect my culture. I spent hours searching for letters with an African-American Santa Claus with no avail. But, I did find a solution to my problem. Here's what I did. I downloaded images of white Santa Claus to my computer and using a simple Windows graphics program, I meticulously change the white Santa Claus to a black Santa Claus, including the elves [sic]. Then I opened my word processor and wrote my own letter. I added Santa and the elves."

He even gave Black Santa his own song, which you can check out here. We dare you to try to get it out of your head.

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However, other than Black Santa's skin color, he's the same as White Santa. As Bradley points out on the site, Black Santa likes milk and delivers via chimney. The only difference is that he sometimes wears a dapper pinstriped suit and signs his letters as "Your Big Dawg Up North."

Take that, Mr. Man! We just can't wait to see Black Easter Bunny...

-- Craig Malisow

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