African American Santa Claus Langston Patterson, 77, greets four-month-old Raelyn Price at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza mall in Los Angeles, California, December 16, 2013. Patterson has worked as ... more 
African American Santa Claus Langston Patterson, 77, greets four-month-old Raelyn Price at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza mall in Los Angeles, California, December 16, 2013. Patterson has worked as Santa since 2004 at the mall, which is one of the few in the country with a black Santa Claus. A New Mexico teacher who told an African American student that Santa Claus was white has been put on paid administrative leave, an official said on Monday. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY) less 
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Mon, Dec 16, 2013 8:39 PM EST