Department of Economics

Discussion about Santa Claus's ethnicity

On The Glenn ShowGlenn Loury and John McWhorter (Columbia University) discuss the recent controversy over Santa Claus's race. Why has this debate sparked such strange passion on both sides? They discuss what John identifies as a tendency by some African-Americans to be seen as "serious black people." Glenn counsels that blacks must strive to not let race dominate their lives, and recalls Amartya Sen's prescription about the noninevitability of identity.