A Facebook post about a little girl telling off a cashier who questioned why she picked a black doll instead of a white one is going viral.
Brandi Benner of South Carolina shared a story about her 2-year-old daughter, Sophia, that is quickly going viral on social media, the Daily Mail reported.
Sophia had reportedly just finished potty training. Brandi and husband Nick Benner decided to reward her with a present of her choosing. Sophia chose a doll.
The Benner family went to the store to get Sophia her reward. She picked out a doll and they made their way toward the register.
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But when the cashier scanned their items, she seemed to have a problem with Sophia's choice of doll. Brandi recounted the incident in a Facebook post, which was later shared by Love What Matters:
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?
The post was shared more than 18,000 times in just two days. It also garnered more than 146,000 likes.
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"Thankfully the cashier decided to drop the issue and just answer, 'Oh, that's nice,'" the post continued. "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."
Several social media users commented on the post, commending Sophia.
"As an African American woman and teacher I am in tears reading these beautiful stories," wrote one commenter. "Growing up I didn't always find or have the dolls that 'looked like me' and neither did I care."
"I had dolls of multiple colors because I LOVED Disney (and still do) lol. Some people are just ignorant of their conversations. Love knows no color but realizes that the rainbow is uniquely beautiful."
"Love it! This is my girl with her first American Girl doll (Melody)," wrote another. "She loves this doll because she's a singer. My daughter says her doll is so beautiful and her skin is brown like chocolate. I don't get the whole obsession with girls only having dolls that look like them."