We could all learn something from 2-year-old Sophia Benner who was told she could pick out any doll she wanted as a reward for finishing her potty training. Her mom, Brandi Benner, took little Sophia to a Target store near their home in South Carolina. Sophia made sure to pick out the perfect doll, as her mom explained:
It didn’t seem to make a difference to Sophia that the doll she picked was black while she is white, that is until she reached the checkout, where a cashier asked if she wouldn’t rather have a doll that looked like her.
However, Sophia, who turns 3 in July, replied:
Brandi Benner posted the story to Facebook, leading to over 19,000 comments, as she noted:
This is just more evidence to show that kids aren’t born with prejudices based on race or gender, but that these are things that they are taught. Perhaps we could all learn a lesson from Sophia and try to see past color?
Nick and I told Sophia that after 1 whole month of going poop on the potty, she could pick out a special prize at Target. She, of course, picked a new doll. The obsession is real. While we were checking out, the cashier asked Sophia if she was going to a birthday party. We both gave her a blank stare. She then pointed to the doll and asked Sophia if she picked her out for a friend. Sophia continued to stare blankly and I let the cashier know that she was a prize for Sophia being fully potty trained. The woman gave me a puzzled look and turned to Sophia and asked, "Are you sure this is the doll you want, honey?" Sophia finally found her voice and said, "Yes, please!" The cashier replied, "But she doesn't look like you. We have lots of other dolls that look more like you." I immediately became angry, but before I could say anything, Sophia responded with, "Yes, she does. She's a doctor like I'm a doctor. And I'm a pretty girl and she's a pretty girl. See her pretty hair? And see her stethoscope?" Thankfully the cashier decided to drop the issue and just answer, "Oh, that's nice." This experience just confirmed my belief that we aren't born with the idea that color matters. Skin comes in different colors just like hair and eyes and every shade is beautiful. #itswhatsontheinsidethatcounts #allskinisbeautiful #teachlove #teachdiversity #thenextgenerationiswatching