The Short of It
A Baltimore mom snaps a photo of her daughter and a new friend playing, blissfully unaware they are different races.
Ayanna Toye Barrows and her young daughter recently visited Myrtle Beach, S.C. While walking on the beach at sunset, a little boy, who was white, ran up to the pair to show Barrows' little girl, who is black, his shark-tooth necklace, which he said gave him "powers." They became fast friends, and walked, talked, and raced around.
The mom decided to takes pictures of the two kids playing and hugging.
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"No one positioned them, told them to smile and there was absolutely no hesitation on their part at all," she wrote to accompany the image she posted to her Facebook page. Barrows adds:
"This is a moment that we humans understand as just simply seeing no color lines, no judgement, no race, no hate, no shades. It's just pure....two kids meeting on a sunset walk without a care in the world...all they saw was each other. This world would be a much better place if we acted like these two kids."
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The image of her daughter arm in arm with her new friend, whom Barrows jokes she must have said goodbye to 20 times, has garnered a lot of attention on Facebook, being shared more than 130,000 times. Barrows also shared the image on a Facebook page called "Love What Matters," where it has been shared an additional 33,000 times and has more than 185,000 likes.
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Many people have been touched by the photo of the two kids, even being inspired to share photos of their own children playing organically with members of different races.
My kids have friends from different races, and they truly do not think about those differences. Kids are amazing in their purity of thought. I agree the world would be a better place if adults could cleanse their minds of stereotypes and just see people for who they are, as children do.
What is your reaction to this powerful image?