LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – 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.
Since Lydia made the post last Friday, it’s received 140,000 likes, 8,300 comments, and it’s been shared 77,000 times on her personal Facebook page alone. Lydia only has a little more than 325 Facebook friends.
It has also been liked and shared millions more times and written about on other media sites based around the world, including Huffington Post UK, PopSugar.com, GoodHousekeeping.com, French and British sites, dozens of blogs, and the story has been featured on local television stations across the United States, the TODAY show and its website and on NBC News Nightly News with Lester Holt.