Saturday was one of the most momentous days of the year. Thousands of New Yorkers took to the streets to rally behind a cause bigger than themselves. They dressed in attire symbolic of the occasion, marching through downtown Manhattan with boundless fervor, united in the name of community and happiness for all. And boy did they make their voices heard, all in spite of a police force patrolling their spirit and ignoring their agenda. Ah yes, SantaCon 2014 was truly special.
I’m kidding, of course. SantaCon — a daylong bar crawl for 20-somethings in Santa suits — happened to be held alongside Millions March NYC — a civil rights demonstration created to spur action in response to the recent killings of Eric Garner, Michael Brown and other Black men at the hands of white police officers. But what SantaCon offered in discounted beer and sloppy hook-ups it represented in a disturbing display of white privilege, amplified by its stark juxtaposition with a “day of anger” setting out to protest exactly that.