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What are you thinking about?

Here is something that is on my mind, sparked by Renee’s black Santa post. It’s not just difficult to find multiracial representation of Santa, but also other holiday iconography. For instance, a few weeks ago, a friend and I were perusing the holiday section of a local boutique. Among the ornaments was a host of angels, who all, as is typical, were white and generally light-haired. This is, I find, sort of the default for what angelic looks like. Very rarely, and usually when I am in a  significantly black neighborhood, will I find angel ornaments depicted with physicality that references African ancestry. I have never seen any other brown angels for retail. Now, your experience may be different, depending on your neighborhood. But it seems, even in multiracial neighborhoods, the default for this particular Christmas iconography is white.

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About Tami

Tami Winfrey Harris writes about race, feminism, politics and pop culture at the blog What Tami Said. Her work has also appeared online at The Guardian’s Comment is Free, Ms. Magazine blog, Newsweek, Change.org, Huffington Post and Racialicious. She is a graduate of the Iowa State University Greenlee School of Journalism. She is mom to two awesome stepkids and spends her spare time researching her family history and cultivating a righteous 'fro.
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