Colonial Holiday:The Truth About Santa Claus

Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet

Today on at 1PM Eastern, tune into Reparations in Action. African People’s Solidarity Committee Chairwoman Penny Hess presents a discussion of the origins of the Santa Claus phenomenon, including a recorded talk with African Socialist International Chairman Omali Yeshitela who states, “Santa Claus was born of the Dutch ‘Sinterklaas.’ Sinterklaas was the patron saint of shipping in Holland. The first African captives to come to America were brought by the Dutch. I would imagine that the ‘Good Ship Jesus’ that brought us here was probably blessed by Sinterklaas. You could say that we were a gift from Santa to America.”

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