There is nothing that can compare to the innocence of a child. Naive to social conformity, the divided class system, and discrimination in all its forms, they are truly pure in their view of the world.
But that doesn’t make it any less surprising when a child says something truly untainted by bigotry. Something which this young girl demonstrated perfectly when she went to buy a new toy with her mom.
Brandi and Nick Benner, from South Carolina, promised their three-year-old daughter, Sophia, that if she could “poop on the potty” for a month, they would reward her with a toy of her choice. Enticed by the incentive, Sophia achieved her set target.
As promised, her mother took her to Target to pick out the toy that she had been patiently waiting a whole month to be united with. However, once at the store, Sophia was presented with a challenge.
Despite having the entire contents of Target’s toy section at her disposal, Sophia picked a new doll. “The obsession is real,” her mother explained, revealing that Sophia absolutely loved to play with dolls.
Staring at the towering shelves, Sophia was met with a mirror image of herself: white dolls with golden hair. The shelves were saturated with white dolls in pretty party gowns to tempt Sophia. However, these were of no interest to the three-year-old.
Sophia fell in love with a different doll, which she proudly carried to the checkout. However, once there the cashier looked at her with questioning eyes and began to make some strange inquiries.
“While we were checking out, the cashier asked Sophia if she was going to a birthday party,” Sophia’s mom Brandi revealed. “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’.”
A proud Brandi shared the incident with her friends on Facebook, writing, “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.”
Brandi’s post, which was initially just shared with her friends, attracted over half a million likes and over 40,000 comments, which all echoed similar sentiments.
“Very well raised,” wrote one commenter, while another added, “That is refreshing. Sometimes it takes a child to find the right words.”
Meanwhile, Sophia isn’t the only one with a doll “obsession”. This man has collected over 6,000 dolls, which he proudly displays in his home…