The Macy's department store in New York City has hired an African-American Santa that children can see by special request at the flagship store.
One family made a special trip from the Bronx Monday just so her children could have their picture with him, CBS New York reported.
"I could have gone anywhere, but I came right here to Macy's because I knew they had an African-American Santa," Elizabeth Kettles said, adding that he is like a secret Santa.
"There was plenty of African-American families that didn't know," she said, adding that Macy's needs to do a better job at getting the word out.
"An elf just told me as I was going through Santaland," she added. "It's a great that they have that option, but it would be great if they put it out there either on the visitors' website or when they advertise when Santaland is open."
Danielle Moriello of Linden, New Jersey said that "it doesn't matter what color he is," but that "it would mean a lot to some people."
"Santa is all things to all who believe," Macy's told the local news station.
A controversy broke out recently when Megyn Kelly of Fox News said on her show "The Kelly File"
that Santa Claus and Jesus are white, while discussing an article written in Slate by Aisha Harris titled "Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore."
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