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.
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.