No Racism. Just The Love Of A Child.

This poem was written by my good friend, Ms. Bethany K. This is why I love, adore and admire her. She has raised a daughter, Ms. Riley, to be just as humane and loving.


My little baby doll
Black in color,
Bought at a flea market
For less than a dollar.

“Why does a white girl want a black babydoll,”
They asked,
They teased.
What did her color matter?
It did not to me.

I took her home and washed and dressed her,
In the prettiest doll clothes I had.
Wrapped her in a pink blanket
And lay her on my bed.
I pretended she was my baby
I loved her that much,
Pretended I was giving mother’s love.

But the taunting continued,
It never stopped,
They were ashamed I loved
This babydoll.
They were relentless,
And soon I did tire,
Walked out in the yard,
And threw her in the fire.

I gave up on her,
Like they gave up on me,
As a tear rolled down my chin.
I knew in their persecution,
They would always win.

I gave up on her,
Like I gave up on myself.
The pain
Of that babydoll,
My favorite babydoll,
Can still be felt.  ~By Ms. Bethany K.~

Thank you so much Ms. Bethany for sharing this beauty with the world.

Racism is a taught disease. Taught by parents. By peers. By society. NO infant arrives in this world hating. Discriminating other infants based on color. Disliking another infants hair texture. Afraid of another infants dark skin. 


7 replies »

  1. Hauntingly beautiful, yet sad poem … 😥 No, babies are not born with hatred in their tiny hearts. Their minds are blank slates for others to write on … sometimes, sadly altogether too often, the message that is written is that of hatred and bigotry. What is the answer? I wish I knew. I only know that each of us must, when given the chance, write messages of love, caring, humanity and friendship on the slates of the children. Thank you for sharing this.

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  2. I think the first post I left on your site was about my own black babydoll, SarahLee. Thanks for sharing this poem – as heartbreaking as racism itself.
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

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      • My poor Mom couldn’t even go to the commissary with 5 kids under the age of 6 – so we got left at the base nursery from time to time – which I believe led to the particular episode where SarahLee was taken away (I never went anywhere without her when I much younger).

        She DID, however, read to us and talk to us a great deal, and I believe most of my values came from my mother – who was an extremely kind, considerate, and open minded soul.

        What’s heartbreaking is that racists (etc) are allowed to be employed around children at all – of ANY age!


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