Words of Wisdom: Kids React to Racist Backlash

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It appears a handful of kids are more mature than millions of adults.

Restoring our faith in humanity and the next generation, Kids React shared a YouTube video outlining that many of our youth are being raised to accept – and celebrate – diversity and equality.

When a Cheerios commercial featuring an interracial couple launched two months ago, it received so much racist backlash that YouTube had to pull the comments section.

But when a group of 7 to 13-year-olds were asked their opinions of the ad, they thought it was cute. Reactions ranged from laughter to, “It’s just a Cheerios commercial.”

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When it’s pointed out that people were upset that the parents were biracial, the kids went from being shocked, to saddened to outraged.

In the disclaimer, the intentions of the video are outlined “in hopes of a better tomorrow.”

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When the kids start to process their thoughts on the racist backlash, their reactions prove to shock and inspire.

  • “My brain doesn’t wrap around this idea,” says one.
  • “That’s racist,” says one.
  • “People shouldn’t judge each other based on the color of their skin,” says another.
  • “It’s just the color of their skin, what matters is if they’re nice or mean,” says one.
  • “I thought Martin Luther King spoke against this and fixed this already,” says another.
  • “[Marriage] really just depends on their heart and if they really love me,” says one.
  • “Underneath it, you’re literally the same. You have organs and a heart,” says another.
  • “Some people just fall in love like that,” says another.
  • “Nobody likes an evil mean stinky bully,” says one.

As the saying goes, “And a little child will lead them…”

I found myself tearing up as I saw these sweet kids articulate their feelings. They genuinely seemed outraged and frustrated that racism still exists.

I couldn’t agree more, and it warms my heart that there are so many outstanding parents out there, having these important conversations with their kids. To these amazing parents: keep up the great work. And to everyone else out there, let’s learn a valuable lesson from these children who refuse to live in a world with hatred, bigotry and discrimination.

Want to get inspired by these great kids? Check out the video below.

What do you think of the kids’ reactions?

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