Santa in Black and White and Other Colors

December 23, 2020
H. Steven Moffic, MD

Santa is typically portrayed as a white man, but why? Dr Moffic discusses black Santas and racism this holiday season.

Psychiatry & Society

H. Steven Moffic, MD, discusses the man, the myth, the legend... Santa Claus. Based off of St. Nicholas, Santa has typically been portrayed as white. But more and more as of late, black Santa holiday decorations can be found.

Dr Moffic is an award-winning psychiatrist who has specialized in the cultural and ethical aspects of psychiatry. A prolific writer and speaker, he received the one-time designation of being a Hero of Public Psychiatry from the Assembly of the American Psychiatric Association in 2002. He has recently been leading Tikkun Olam advocacy movements on climate instability, burnout, Islamophobia, and anti-Semitism for a better world. He serves on the Editorial Board of Psychiatric TimesTM.