Toddler persistently picks black doll over a white one, as requested by the cashier
A photo of a young white girl, clutching a black baby doll, has gone viral — thanks to its message of racial diversity and inclusion.
The image was posted to Facebook on Friday by the 2-year-old’s mother, Brandi Benner, after her daughter was called out by a Target employee for not buying a similar-looking doll.
It has since been shared more than 170,000 times and liked by over 250,000 people.
“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,” Benner wrote, in reference to her daughter Sophia, who can be seen in the picture smiling from ear to ear with her brand-new best friend.
“She, of course, picked a new doll,” Benner said. “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!’”
To little Sophia Benner, there was nothing different about her new black baby doll — but the cashier apparently suggested that she pick out another.
“She doesn’t look like you. We have lots of other dolls that look more like you,” the woman told her mother.
Still, Sophia persisted.
“Yes, she does. She’s a doctor like I’m a doctor. And I’m a pretty girl and she’s a pretty girl,” the tot replied, according to her mom.
“See her pretty hair? And see her stethoscope?”
In response, the cashier simply said: “Oh, that’s nice.”
Benner described on Facebook how the incident ultimately left her feeling both proud and ashamed.
“This experience just confirmed my belief that we aren’t born with the idea that color matters,” she said. “Skin comes in different colors just like hair and eyes and every shade is beautiful.”
Social media users blasted the Target employee on Monday for questioning the youngster’s purchase.
“I would have told that lady to quit being a racist b—h!” Lacy Smith-Burleson wrote on Facebook.
“Thank goodness that idiotic cashier shut up when she did!” added Deborah Bailey. “Some people are forever lost.”