So there is a Black Santa! After all the hoopla, it has been revealed that Macy’s has a Black Santa in addition to their white one, but it’s a bit sketchy because he’s kept in a backroom and both he and his white counterpart refuse to acknowledge one another.
Here’s the rundown via AnimalNY:
There is a black Santa Claus at the Macy’s on 34th Street, but you won’t find him if you just follow the crowd to the 8th Floor Santaland exhibit to wait in line for the white one. That is because Macy’s doesn’t reveal black Santa’s location the way they do the white Santa. It’s not advertised in any newspapers or even on their website in very small print next to an asterisk.
I asked another friendly elf if he could help me see the “special” Santa. “You need to ask an elf, in the maze,” he told me, then descended into Santaland himself to ask for me. About five minutes later, an official-looking woman not dressed as an elf brought me to another lodge (there looked as if there could be as many as three or four different lodges), where a toddler-aged black girl and her black mother were wrapping up their time with a black Santa Claus.
There never was anyone in line behind me to see the special Santa and it was unclear how this woman in front of me knew how to request the black Santa (other black and Latino people were seen visiting his white counterpart). When they were done, I sat on black Santa’s lap and asked him if he was the special one, whether Santa is black or white or just Santa, and that’s when black Santa told me there’s “just one Santa.”
I told black Santa that Megyn Kelly seems to think otherwise. He said he had heard of the Fox News host, then added, “but Santa hasn’t had much time to sit down and watch TV.”
Concerned by my questions and the presence of a video cameraman, an older white man in a suit stepped into the room. He said we needed to go through Macy’s publicity department in order to shoot video, and then he followed us out the door of Santaland until we arrived at the photo processing center. (Even if I did contact Macy’s PR flacks before our visit, store policy is to not acknowledge its odd treatment of black Santa anyway, “it’s not Macy’s policy to have Santa speak about race or religion.”)