A shop assistant asked if she wanted a doll 'that looked more like her'. Her response was perfect

By Kim Abrahams
04 April 2017

"But she doesn't look like you. We have lots of other dolls that look more like you."

In a society where racism and social prejudice is becoming increasingly intolerable, it’s hard to digest that there still are adults who impose their narrow-minded biases on innocent kids.

This two-year-old, however, shot down one such adult in classic fashion.

Sophia, a little blonde-haired cutie from South Carolina, celebrating one month out of the nappies and her mother, Brandi Benner, decided to treat her to a gift at their local Target.

In a post on Facebook, Brandi explained that her daughter, who dreams of being a doctor one day, chose a ‘doctor doll’. It goes without saying that Sophia was excited to have a well-deserved new toy, so much so, that even a snarky remark from a cashier couldn’t put a damper on the little girl’s joy.

 

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, 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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"Are you sure this is the doll you want, honey?" the cashier asked.

To which Sophia eagerly responded: “Yes, please!”

What the lady behind the till replied with angered Brandi, but seemed to be water off a duck's back for the little girl:

"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?"

All the cashier could muster was a lame, “Oh, that’s nice.”

Read more: Former Miss SA hits out after harrowing racist attack on Human Rights Day

Brandi’s Facebook post gathered more than 454 000 ‘likes’ and was shared by more than 184 000 people.

“When a child is born they have no concept of the tone of the skin they are living in. Thank you for teaching Sophia what's important in life like love and saving lives,” one user commented.

While another said: “Wonderful. I love stories that show the world through the eyes of children. Sophia is a very intelligent little one and clearly has some pretty awesome parents. Kudos to you guys for raising her untarnished by the things that plague humanity.”

Sources: mashable.com, Facebook/Brandi Benner

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