The 5 Memes of Christmas Day 4: Casual Racism

18 Dec

December 18, 2020

The 5 Memes of Christmas is a series running every Friday this month until the unveiling of the bmj2k.com Annual Fonzie Christmas Meme. Each week we will spotlight a Great Moment in Santa History from Classic TV. This is week 4: Casual racism

I’ve saved the best for next to last. Archie Bunker comes face to face with Black Santa, AKA Henry Jefferson. There’s not much I need to say about this classic, except, whatever happened to Henry Jefferson? Once George Jefferson showed up, Henry left and was never heard from again.

Even on The Jeffersons, no one ever mentioned Henry, he never came for a visit, nada. I have a theory that maybe he really was Santa Claus, came down to Earth for a short while just to annoy Archie and give me some fodder for this blog, then went back to the North Pole to make knock off toys for all the good little kiddies.

And speaking of The Jeffersons, Louise’s best friend Edith never came for a visit, and when Sammy Davis Jr. stopped by, Weezie totally forgot that she met him years before at Archie Bunker’s house. I suspect that The Jeffersons is not a spinoff at all but just a series that coincidentally follows a completely different family named Jefferson that never lived next door to the Bunkers.

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