Thursday, July 20, 2017

Mall of America

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Black Santa at Mall of America

The largest mall in America is doing something that nobody expected, they are adding some color to their Santa Claus. Does it make a difference?

The Mall of America in Minneapolis has hired Santa Larry Jefferson from Dallas to be the official Santa Claus for the popular Santa Experience.

Santa’s suite is perfect down to the gold “Santa” belt buckle. His beard is a fluffy natural white and he has a wonderfully hearty “HO, HO, HO”!

In every way, Mall of America found the perfect Santa, but there is one minor change to tradition.

The Mall of America Santa Claus is black.

As expected, there are a lot of different opinions about a black Santa Claus online.

Some are very excited and think it is a good update of traditions.

Some are not so excited.

The owner of the Santa Experience is Landon Luther and he met Jefferson at a Santa Convention in Missouri. Of the 1000 participating Santa Claus’, only one was not white. That is the one that Landon hired.

How does Santa feel about it? “It’s no big deal, I’m still Santa. I just happen to be a Santa of Color,” said Jefferson.

To the kids, it isn’t a big deal, unless the kid is also black. For the children of color, their Santa Experience could be a little more special this year, and there is nothing wrong with that.

How do you feel about a black Santa? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Mall of America Black Lives Matter

Bloomington, Minnesota City Attorney Sandra Johnson is expected to file criminal charges against the organizers of a massive protest that took place at the Mall of America last Saturday afternoon over the deaths of Michael Brown of Ferguson, MO and Eric Garner of New York, NY at the hands of police officers during arrest.

In all, approximately 3,000 individuals attended the protest that partially shut down the mall for about two hours at the height of the Christmas shopping season driving away customers and causing financial damage to the affected stores during the highly charged standoff.

Using social media including Facebook and Twitter, a protest mob converged on the center of the mall to chant “Black Lives Matter”, “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” and “While you’re on your shopping spree, black people cannot breathe” knowing the protest would be highly visible at a commercial center located on private property.

To determine the amount of financial damage suffered by the protest, Mall officials collected estimates of how much money the stores lost on that Saturday and combined that total with the amount of overtime put in by police to monitor the protest and quell unrest.

Johnson said the number would be “staggering” and that she wants the protest organizers to pay.

An employee at one of the affected stores said ”you had people yelling and screaming inside the mall that wanted out and you had people yelling and screaming outside the mall that wanted in.”

“This was a powder keg just waiting for a match,” said Johnson who is now building criminal cases against the protest organizers. “The main perpetrators are those who continued on their Facebook site to invite people illegally to the Mall of America,” she said.

Lena Gardner of the group “Black Lives Matter” said several groups took part in organizing Saturday’s protest and that financial losses were not the fault of protesters instead blaming police who shut down the mall.


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