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10:25 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Brewer Says Santa Isn't Necessarily White

Gov. Jan Brewer wants children to know that, yes, there is a Santa Claus. And no, he isn't necessarily white — despite what Fox News says. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.

Gov. Jan Brewer
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The issue arose because of remarks last week by Fox commentator Megyn Kelly. She was chatting on the air about a column someone had written suggesting that Old Saint Nick might be some color other than white.

“For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white. Santa is what he is. And just so you know, we’re debating this because someone wrote about it.”

Brewer, who has been a regular guest on the cable network, was asked Tuesday what she thinks is the face of the fictional character.

“I’ve never given him any thought,” she said. “I would imagine he’s probably white, yellow, black; every color. Santa Claus is Santa Claus to everyone: red, white, yellow, black.”

Kelly, who has come under some ridicule for her comment, has since said it was, in her words, an offhand jest.