A little girl wrote a letter to her friend explaining that her dad would not allow her to attend her birthday sleepover because she was black. This unexpected decline was for the party of 10-year-old Harmony Jones, whose father said he was quite taken aback by the letter.
“It angered me a little bit, it hurt me that my 10-year-old girl had to deal with this, and I myself never thought I would have to deal with this,” Christopher Jones admitted.
“Maby [sic] I will not be able to come to your birthday sleepover, because my dad will not let me go because you are black,” Harmony’s white classmate said in the letter, “Not trying to be races [sic], but my mom let me go. Happy birthday!”
Christopher, nonetheless, does not blame his daughter’s friend for the unfortunate situation, stating, “I guess us as parents need to be more aware and conscious about what we teach our children.”
Both girls are students at Highland Oaks Elementary in Memphis, Tennessee, which, according to WHBQ, is known for encouraging a sense of family among its students, teachers, and parents.
Jones said he found the multi-racial school to be a good experience for young Harmony, who recently started as a new student and was able to forge new friendships, including the 10-year-old girl who penned the letter.
“This is my daughter’s first time going to that particular school,” Jones told WHBQ. “They strike up a friendship. So what would seem to be an innocent friendship, never thought anything like this would happen.”
Jones went on to state that “You would think in the 21st century people would be judged strictly on their character or their personality, not on the color of their skin.”
When asked what he would say to the child’s father if he met him in person, Jones replied, “I would have to display the love that I’m trying to teach my daughter.”
“I would have a talk with him. I would. If we could iron out our differences, great! If not, God bless, the man.”
Harmony, however, despite her initial hurt and disappointment, did not let the letter ruin her birthday party, and ended up having a successful sleepover.
Who benefits from a world filled with hate and discrimination? Maybe it’s time parents stop passing on these blind bigotries onto their kids — the world in the end will definitely not be worse for it.
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