In this story by ‘Love What Matters‘, a little girl goes to the toy store with her dad to pick a doll she likes. She picks up an African American doll dressed up as a doctor. However, the cashier’s reaction to the girl’s choice is, quite frankly, infuriating.
“Nick and I told Sophia that after 1 whole month of going poop on the potty, she could pick out a special prize. 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 colour matters. Skin comes in different colours just like hair and eyes and every shade is beautiful.”
Soon after the story was posted, several parents appreciated the girl and even posted pictures of their own daughters with their dolls:
This is a testament to the fact that kids do not know how to differentiate. They don’t know a thing about the societal inhibitions and apprehension, and it would be nice if we can manage to keep it that way.