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December 24, 2013
Two Santas at Macys? Indeed!
 
Of all places, Macy's 34th St. should know the reality of Santa Claus - that he represents the spirit of Christmas for all people, everywhere, who believe in his whimsy and benevolence. That made it jarring, indeed, for a reporter and cameraman from ANIMAL New York to track down, and confirm, a rumor that Macy's has a second, black Santa virtually hidden away in what amounts to a Santa maze at the store. You can meet him here.

Sorry to advise you of this, but Merry Christmas! (Both of Macy's Santas, by the way, are great with a TV reporter on their laps.)

Added on December 26: CNN reported that Macy's has had its black Santa for 10 years and interviewed a black woman from the Bronx who said she "could have gone anywhere" but brought her kids to Macy's because she knew they had a black Santa. Race is still, and likely always will be, very much a reality in America, even on Christmas.    

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Doug Bedell has a background in journalism and PR and is the owner of Resource Relations LLC in Central PA, focusing on organizational and crisis communication. He’s the community manager of SimplyFair.net, a social network on fairness. On the Web, Doug’s at www.ResourceRelations.com. On Twitter, he’s @DougBeetle.
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