A Louisville boy who turned five this week is spreading love and acceptance across the country and around the world.
While many Americans are splitting hairs and squabbling over issues such as race, Jax is doing his part to heal the great divide – and he doesn’t even realize it.
Jax told his mother last Friday that he wanted his hair cropped extremely close when he got it cut over the weekend so he could look exactly like his friend, Reddy, also 5. Jax said he couldn’t wait for his his teacher to see them on Monday because she wouldn’t be able to tell the two apart.
Jax’s mother Lydia Rosebush was so amused by her conversation with Jax, she posted about it on Facebook later on Friday. Her amusement goes a hair deeper than than the obvious.
“I know what Reddy looks like, so that made me chuckle,” Lydia said.
You see, Jax is white, and Reddy is black.
“He thought it would be so hilarious to confuse his teacher with the same haircut,” Lydia wrote. “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.”
Not their skin color.
This morning Jax and I were discussing his wild hair. I told him that he needed a haircut this weekend. He said that he wanted his head shaved really short so he could look like his friend Reddy. He said he couldn’t wait to go to school on Monday with his hair like Reddy’s so that his teacher wouldn’t be able to tell them apart. He thought it would be so hilarious to confuse his teacher with the same haircut.
Here’s a picture of Jax and Reddy from their Christmas program. I’m sure you all see the resemblance.
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.
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