This Mother's Viral Post About Her Daughter's Black Doll Will Change The Way You Think About Race

Like any empathetic mother, Brandi Benner promised her daughter Sophia a special reward after a successful month of potty training. After a quick look down many isles of toys, Sophia decided on getting a beautiful black doll dressed in a doctor's garb. Why, you ask? She loved the idea of being a doctor when she grew up. 

Now, you think nothing could go wrong from here? Wrong. When approaching the cashier, the woman behind the counter was confused as to why a white girl would want a black doll. 

Brandi recounted the entire encounter on her Instagram: 

"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."

Understandably, people around the world began to empathise with the situation, praising Sophia's kindness and Brandi's parenting skills. The most important facet of this story is that Sophia knew the doll didn't have the same skin colour as her, but she chose to focus on the qualities the two of them had in common. 

Psychology Today reports that children should be raised to understand that race does exist. Studies reveal that even if parents do not bring up the issue of race, their children will notice it sooner rather than later that not everybody has the same colour skin as them. The primary lesson out of this is that we should teach the younger generations that race should not be something that divides us; it should be something that connects us.

We think Sophia and her mum are great role models, and we honestly cannot wait to hear about what becomes of the toddler, because let's be real- she's got a huge future ahead of her!

We are in this together! #lovetrumpshate #imarchforallofus

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