A little girl is showing the internet that prejudice is learned, not inborn.
Brandi Benner brought her daughter, Sophia, to Target last week to get her a special gift. While they were there, Brandi learned a valuable lesson, thanks to the innocence of young Sophia.
In a Facebook post that has since gone viral, Brandi describes an exchange that Sophia had with the cashier who was apparently confused by her choice in dolls. Sophia, who is white, picked out a black doctor doll.
“The woman gave me a puzzled look and turned to Sophia and asked, ‘Are you sure this is the doll you want, honey?'” Brandi said. “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.'”
“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?'”
The cashier backed down pretty quickly, according to Brandi.
“This experience just confirmed my belief that we aren’t born with the idea that color matters,” Brandi said. “Skin comes in different colors just like hair and eyes and every shade is beautiful.”