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USA: Mall of America welcomes its first-ever black Santa in Bloomington amid racism row

45 05.12.2016 Инфо

The Mall of America hosted its first-ever black Santa in its 24-year history in Bloomington, Minnesota, Sunday. The event stirred controversy online, with Star Tribune, a Minneapolis daily newspaper and website, having to shut down its comment section attached to an article on the topic due to racist posts.
Larry Jefferson, a retired US army veteran from Texas, was hired by the Mall of America to perform the role of Santa Claus. Jefferson signed a four-day contract to work exclusively for the Santa Experience studio located in the nation's biggest shopping centre. Jefferson completed his last day as Santa on Sunday.
The posts did not concern Jefferson however, who said "So people who are negative about it - I don't pay any attention," before adding "Ho ho ho."