A young girl was heartbroken when she witnessed her friend being subjected to a racist remark. Once her mom learned about it, she was compelled to share their story with the world.
Rachel Macy Stafford is a New York Times best-selling author of three books and runs the Facebook page The Hand Free Revolution. In August 2017, she shared a story of how her then-10-year-old daughter reacted when she heard a racist remark about her 11-year-old friend.
"My mom is my hero because she accepted me for who I am, and she inspired acceptance to spread in the world through her writing.” -Avery, age 10
The two friends met at a lemonade stand and quickly became inseparable. The pair would “look out for each other” and do many things together, such as getting new glasses and going to a new basketball camp, Stafford wrote on her Facebook page.
Then one day, when Stafford’s daughter came home from school, she was quick to notice the girl’s dejected-looking face.
After inquiring what happened, Stafford learned her daughter had witnessed a racist remark from a boy on the school bus, Stafford wrote on her website.
The boy told her daughter’s friend: “I hate black people.”
Stafford could hardly contain her anger as she asked her daughter how she responded.
“I asked her if she was okay,” her daughter said tearfully. “She didn’t say anything, so I just scooted closer.”
Her daughter added that she “didn’t know what to do.”
“So I just hurt with her,” her daughter said.
Upon hearing this, Stafford was completely moved and felt compelled to share the story as she saw in it a lesson for everyone, including herself.
I’ll never forget what my daughter said after her best friend was subjected to a racist comment on the school bus one…
“What if we collectively remember, ‘I’ll hurt with you,’ is something we can all do when we don’t know what to do?
What if we collectively look into the eyes of our brothers and sisters to acknowledge their story and their pain rather than closing our eyes or looking away?
What if we collectively acknowledged our privileges and blessings would be even greater if shared by our sisters and brothers?
What if we collectively agree it is not ‘your back’ or ‘my back,’ but ‘our back’ if we are to create a unified and peaceful world for future generations?”
Looking at the friendship her daughter shared with her friend, Stafford saw how love and care knows no bounds.
“There’s so much on the line,” Stafford wrote. “But love can prevail.”
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