Sophia Benner was determined to pick the perfect doll when she went to Target with her mom that afternoon. And for her, it didn’t matter if the doll was black or white.
According to Sophia’s mom Brandi, she took her daughter on a trip to the mall to pick out a special prize. “Nick and I told Sophia that after 1 whole month of going poop on the potty, she could pick out a special prize at Target,” Brandi explained. For young Sophia, there is nothing more special than a doll. In fact, Brandi remarked, “The obsession is real.”
As the mother and daughter checked out, the cashier noticed the black doll that Sophia had picked out. At first, the cashier asked Sophia if she was going to a birthday party. “We both gave her a blank stare,” Brandi recalled. Seeing this, the cashier asked Sophia if she had picked out the doll for a friend. That’s when Brandi stepped in and explained that the doll was her daughter’s prize for being fully potty trained.
Brandi and Sophia had a puzzling exchange at the cashier due to black doll
Instead of resolving the situation, however, Brandi’s explanation seemed to have confused the cashier more. “The woman gave me a puzzled look,” Brandi recalled. She then proceeded to turn towards Sophia. “Are you sure this is the doll you want, honey?” the cashier asked the little girl. In response, Sophia enthusiastically answered, “Yes, please!”
Hearing this, the cashier still refused to let the matter go. She told Sophia, “But she doesn’t look like you. We have lots of other dolls that look more like you.” At this point, Brandi couldn’t take it anymore. “I immediately became angry,” she said. However, before she could say anything, Sophia decided to respond herself.
“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?” Sophia innocently pointed out. At this point, the cashier decided to let the issue go. She answered, “Oh, that’s nice.”
Following what happened, Brandi can’t help but be proud of her daughter. “This experience just confirmed my belief that we aren’t born with the idea that color matters,” she stated. As for Sophia, CNN reports that she’s taking her new doll everywhere she goes.
Nick and I told Sophia that after 1 whole month of going poop on the potty, she could pick out a special prize at Target. 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 color matters. Skin comes in different colors just like hair and eyes and every shade is beautiful. #itswhatsontheinsidethatcounts #allskinisbeautiful #teachlove #teachdiversity #thenextgenerationiswatching
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