“Jesus was a white man, too,” she said. “It’s like we have, he’s a historical figure that’s a verifiable fact, as is Santa, I just want kids to know that. How do you revise it in the middle of the legacy in the story and change Santa from white to black?”
Her assessment is understandable, but flawed — especially bringing in Santa.
We tend to project ourselves onto the people we look up to, and without an understanding of the historical context, it can be easy to accept the image of Jesus that has been most commonly depicted throughout the centuries.
But remember that the bible itself says Jesus wasn’t much to look at.