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Can Santa Claus solve racism in America? This cartoon says yes.

Alex Abad-Santos is a senior correspondent who explains what society obsesses over, from Marvel and movies to fitness and skin care. He came to Vox in 2014. Prior to that, he worked at the Atlantic.

On Tuesday night, the Toronto Star published a editorial cartoon about the tensions in Ferguson, Missouri. Theo Moudakis, the cartoonist, shows Santa Claus looking at a giant map of the United States, declaring that Ferguson "needs" him.

(The Toronto Star)

Moudakis isn't wrong that Ferguson, and this country, needs healing and happiness. Santa is a symbolic way to call to that. But there's something a bit patronizing about this cartoon and the idea that a fictional character like Claus is all this country needs to mend our complex, painful problems surrounding racism and the justice system.