Why is it some people think that because their skin is lighter, they are better than others? Yes, I’m taking about racism. I know it’s such a touchy subject, but it’s been weighing heavy on my mind lately. Now, I don’t know why but I guess because we are a little further “South” than we used to be, I see racism all around me. Heck even my own extended family members make comments to the effect of “Black People moving into our neighborhoods brings down property values”. Are you kidding me??? This just blows my mind!!!! Is
We want to raise our children better… to be accepting of all people. Skin color should not have any effect on the way we treat others. I was shocked to watch this Documentary put together by a High School student… http://www.komoradio.com/home/video/5001856.html?video=YHI&t=a
In my attempt to raise my children better than this, I set out to purchase a doll of color for the Princess. I was in shock to find just one single doll on the shelves of the store with dark skin. Oh boy, I told myself. I guess she won’t be getting to pick this time. Thankfully, the minute I picked the doll up off the shelf, the Princess got so very excited (She just ADORES baby-dolls!) She immediately reached out and took the baby from me. She looked her over and I could tell was instantly in love. Success! We then proceeded to finish our shopping. The Princess held and cuddled the baby doll with her in the cart. As people walked by they would smile at our little beautiful girl as usual, look down at the doll and then give me a look of confusion. At first I thought it was just me being overly sensitive. Yet I saw it over and over again… I wanted to cry. Why shouldn’t she play with this baby doll!?
I don’t know what’s going on in the world, but I do know that our family will not raise Children that continue the evils of racism. Every night when we tuck the Princess in bed, she insists on having 3 things beside her. First, her most important “tag”. (Her security blanket, in which she holds the tag and sucks her thumb) Elmo and her new favorite baby doll, which just so happens to have dark skin. J So far, I think we’re doing a fine job raising a loving child who will be accepting of all people, dark and light skin alike.