By now you’ve likely heard about the controversy surrounding the Cheerios commercial featuring an interracial family. Believe it or not, some people in America today found the ad offensive because of its portrayal of a mixed-race family. But there is hope, and it comes “out of the mouths of babes.” A YouTube video released last month shows the commercial and features a group of children responding to it and reacting to the ensuing controversy.
The kids’ wisdom and insight fills me with optimism for our future as they verbalize their truth with passion and sincerity. I’m awed. Maybe it’s time for the grown-ups who are offended by interracial relationships to look at their own beliefs and what shaped them. Is it their truth or are they merely spewing the same intolerance they were taught as children? As for the rest of us, why not shine a spotlight on various beliefs we may be clinging to that are no longer reflective of our truth? Just think of the possibilities if all of us made one small shift towards acceptance of others. What a sweet thought.