Don’t Let It Go
by KingVargas on October 18, 2015 - 10:07pm
In the article “Girl Told She Shouldn't Dress As Elsa 'Because She's Black' Receives Outpouring Of Support” (Huffington post, 06/23/2015) by Julianna McDermott, the author informs us of an incident against an Australian Aboriginal girl who was the victim of racial discrimination at a Melbourne shopping centre. A three year-old girl named Samara was looking to dress up as Elsa from "Frozen." So her mother took her to a Disney-themed event at the Watergardens Town Centre in Melbourne. The author goes on to mention that while waiting in line to play in a snow pit, a woman with her two daughters turned to Samara and said that she couldn’t understand why she would dress as Elsa, because Queen Elsa is white, not black. The author explains that when the mother asked the woman what she meant by her comment, one of the woman’s young daughters cringed up her face, pointed at the young three year old and said that she is black and black is ugly. The author concludes that in the following days Samara became withdrawn and refused to attend her Aboriginal dance class, however after receiving great support from people around the world and a special message from Queen Elsa of Disney world, Samara is back to her old self.
To think such a level of animosity exists in the world, let alone in a little girl, to say that someone is ugly because they are black, is saddening. Much too many people believe that racism is dead and is no longer present in developed countries, those people are absolutely wrong (as this article suggests). An equally significant problem is that people believe that young children do not see race, but in reality infants are able to non-verbally classify people by race and gender at the age of six months. (“Children Are Not Colorblind: How Young Children Learn Races” Erin N. Winkler,) Racism is still alive because of parents that allow children to grow up without properly educating them, correcting certain beliefs/behaviors or leading a bad example that the children pick up on. This article is a form of support and advertisement for people being discriminated against and that’s fantastic, yet it is and will not be enough to significantly reduce racism. What needs to be done is teaching and informing the children of current and future generations to come about race and racism.
McDermott, J. (2015, June 23). Little Girl Subjected To Racial Slurs Receives Love From Around The World. Retrieved October 19, 2015, from http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/06/23/girl-told-she-couldnt-be-queen-e...