Off Color

Sophia Benner (photo credit: Brandi Benner)

In contemplating the theme for this summer’s film class, it was noticeable that there was a plethora of Academy Award nominated films whose stories focused on the lives of darker skinned people. From “Loving to Moonlight” to “Fences” to “Hidden Figures” to “Lion” (feature films) and “I Am Not Your Negro” (feature documentary).

Then this story appeared, and it became clear that in supporting our evolving into a human race we must educate that prejudice matters.

A few hours north of Charleston, two-year-old Sophia Benner entered the Target store in Clover, South Carolina to pick a prize for her graduating out of diapers. Her parents, Brandi and Nick, were not surprised that Sophia wanted a doll. She selected Doc McStuffins, a doll from the popular animated children’s show. This doctor serves toys that are in need of medical attention—Doc’s Mom on the show is a physician. Doc and her Mom have dark skin color.

When Sophia arrived at the checkout counter, the cashier asked Sophia if she was going to a birthday party, incredulous that Sophia would be choosing a dark skinned doll for herself. Her Mom was about to intervene when Sophia explained that she was picking this doll because like Doc McStuffins she was also a doctor and that like Doc McStuffins she also had pretty hair. Sophia’s Mom posted this story to Facebook with the concluding remark:

“We aren’t born with the idea that color matters.”

I am not totally late to the Black Lives Matter movement but like many, my prejudices steer me away from that which is uncomfortable—so I recommend reading the history of this movement (and Ta-Nehisi Coates’ between the World and Me).

~ Dr. David Sanders

and watching the short documentary,“ A Conversation with My Black Son.”

KE Summer classes 2017

(July 10-August 30)

will include the film series:

Black Lives Matter.

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