With all of the negativity that seems to appear on our television screens and news headlines, it’s hard to come by a trending story that is not centered around hate. This story of a two-year-old girl named Sophia picking out a new doll sheds some light on the topics of acceptance and love, and this little girl’s response to a rude cashier will make your heart melt!
Brandi and Nick Benner told their two-year-old daughter Sophia that she could pick out a prize at Target for successfully using the potty for an entire month. She wanted to choose out a new doll, and while perusing the toy aisle she picked out her favorite. It was a black doll, and Sophia was thrilled with her new friend. It wasn’t until the Benner family made it to checkout that they were faced with a judgmental, racially-charged situation. Sophia’s parents were shocked at their two-year-old’s response!
The cashier asked if Sophia was going to a birthday party. Both Nick and Brandi were equally confused, and then the conversation continued. The cashier proceeded to ask Sophia, “Are you sure this is the doll you want, honey? She doesn’t look like you. We have lots of other dolls that look more like you.”
Sophia wouldn’t back down — she was happy with her choice and she didn’t see any difference between herself and the doll. Sophia’s mom Brandi was getting angry with the cashier’s questioning and was about to give the employee a piece of her mind, but Sophia decided to answer first. “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 two-year-old replied.
An amazing comeback from such a young girl. We could all learn a lesson from Sophia! Brandi Benner’s Facebook post about her daughter’s honest and innocent response has since gone insanely viral. The post, which includes the story of the rude cashier and a picture of smiling Sophia with her new doll, has been liked over 250,000 times and shared by over 170,000 people. Brandi Benner claims that the experience left her proud but also ashamed. She is proud of her two-year-old for defending her choice and not backing down to racism, but she is also upset by the Target employee’s blatant judgment and discrimination.
The massive outcry from Internet users everywhere praising little Sophia proves that we need to teach our children to not give in to these racist thoughts and opinions.
“This experience just confirmed my belief that we aren’t born with the idea that color matters,” Benner stated, “Skin comes in different colors just like hair and eyes and every shade is beautiful.” Racism is learned not inherited, and if we teach our children to love everyone regardless of their differences the world will be a brighter place!