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How One Little Girl Schooled a Cashier on the Beauty of Black Dolls

One little girl has recently set the internet ablaze by reminding the world that black girls and women are beautiful and brilliant, and that that we can be anything we want to be.

At a Target store in South Carolina, Brandi Brenner, mother of 2-year-old Sophia Brenner, asked her daughter to pick out a prize in the toy aisle for successfully completing her potty training. Little Sophia spent 20 minutes looking at several dolls, and at the end of her deliberation, she picked out an African American doll. 

As Brandi and Sophia were checking out, the cashier asked Brandi, “Wouldn’t she (your daughter) rather have a doll that looked like her?” Little did that cashier know that she was about to be schooled, not by Brandi, but by little Sophia herself.

Sophia responded, “”She does look like me! She’s a doctor; I’m a doctor. She is a pretty girl; I am a pretty girl. See her pretty hair? See her stethoscope?”

Proud of her daughter’s response, Brandi posted it to Facebook and Instagram, and within 24 hours, both posts went viral. It has since been shared over 140,000 times and has received more than 19,000 comments, many of which came from other persons who had had similar experiences.

Brandi expressed great pride at her daughter’s readiness to defend her choice of doll, and was happy that Sophia was not swayed by the cashier’s suggestion. She stated,  “I just want to teach my kids love, and that’s included in my own actions.”

She also credited Disney’s  Doc McStuffins cartoon series for choosing to make their lead character an African American girl who is an aspiring doctor and who has friends of all ethnicities, reminding children like Sophia that racism is wrong. She concluded,

“To Sophia, she and the doll share the same aspirations.”

Did we mention that little Sophia is white?

What a blessing it is to receive news such as this in a Donald Trump era.

By: Danielle Dixon

Follow her on Twitter: @tooprettydani



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