Racist Parents Nix Kid Attending Black Girl’s Party
Racism, it’s taught in the home. Two little girls had to learn that unfortunate lesson when 10-year-old Harmony Jones of Memphis had a sleepover birthday party and one of her elementary school friends couldn’t attend. The little girl was nice enough to write a colorful note explaining why she couldn’t go, but the reason was pretty depressing.
She wrote her dad wouldn’t let her attend the party because little Harmony is Black.
From The Root:
Harmony’s classmate wrote her note in colorful markers explaining why she wouldn’t be coming to her celebration.
“I will not be able to come to your birthday sleepover, because my dad will not let me go because you are black not trying to be races [sic], but my mom let me no [sic] Happy birthday!”
“It angered me a little bit, it hurt me that my 10-year-old girl had to deal with this, and I myself never thought I would have to deal with this,” Harmony’s father, Christopher Jones, told the news station WREG.
Harmony’s story is the story of so many children of color who are happily going about their lives when suddenly, out of no where, racism shows up reducing them to the color of their skin, of being statistics, of not being human, and of not having individuality. For each child it is hurtful and confusing. Harmony’s father’s reaction is that of so many parents’ reaction when they see racism creeping in, trying to take away their child’s innocence, threatening her self-esteem. Why should Harmony have to deal with this? She should be happily enjoying her birthday, not “learning” the lesson of racism — that historically black people have not been treated as human in this country. That she and her family are, to racists, a mysterious, scary, inhuman other that others must be protected from, lest your blackness infect them.
This is why we can’t have nice things.
Watch the video below to see Harmony’s story:
What would you do if you were Harmony’s father? Or if this were your child? Sound off in the comments below.