Young boy gives us all a lesson in racial prejudice

Jax and Reddy are the best of friends.
Jax and Reddy are the best of friends. Photo: Facebook/Love What Matters

If you've ever wondered how kids view the rest of humanity, mum of three Lydia Stith Rosebush has the answer. The US mum shared a recent conversation she had with her son Jax on the Love What Matters Facebook page.

Jax had decided he wanted to get his "wild" hair cut short so he could look like his school friend Reddy.

He thought that by having the same haircut as Reddy, he would be able to fool their teacher into not being able to tell them apart.

"He thought it would be so hilarious to confuse his teacher with the same haircut," said his mum.

In the caption with the photograph of the two friends – complete with Jax's new haircut – Lydia said, "I'm sure you can all see the resemblance."

And she added, "If this isn't proof that hate and prejudice is something that is taught I don't know what is. The only difference Jax sees in the two of them is their hair."

The post has drawn comments and support from all over the world.

One woman shared, "I work in an elementary school in Germany with a few Syrian refugees. One day I overheard a conversation between a mother and her six year old daughter. Mom asked, 'How many refugees are in your class honey?' The little girl thought about it for a second and then answered: 'None mom. There were just kids.'"


Another said, "If all adults could see the world through the eyes of a child how much richer life would be."

Jax and Reddy have proved incredibly popular, with 52,000 Facebook reactions and over 13,000 shares.

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