10-Year-Old Girl Told That Friend’s Racist Parents Won’t Let Her Attend Sleepover Because She’s Black
10-year-old Harmony Jones’ birthday sleepover invite that she extended to a Caucasian classmate at Highland Oaks Elementary was met with a response that not even her parents were prepared for.
According to WREG, the classmate declined Harmony’s invitation with a letter written in marker explaining that she probably wouldn’t be able to attend because Harmony is Black. The letter reads:
“[Maybe] I will not be able to come to your birthday sleepover because my dad will not let me go because you are Black. Not trying to be [racist] but my mom let me go. Happy Birthday.”
Harmony’s father, Christopher Jones, admits that he was shocked after reading the letter.
“It angered me a little bit, it hurt me that my 10-year-old girl had to deal with this, and I myself never thought I would have to deal with this,” he said.
He went on to say that he doesn’t fault his daughter’s friend, but perhaps her parents can use this as a learning experience.
“I guess us as parents need to be more aware and conscious about what we teach our children,” he said.
Harmony continued with her birthday sleepover and according to her parents, she had a great time. Administrators at Highland Oaks told the Daily News that the actions of the unidentified child’s parents is not a reflection of the school or the surrounding Memphis community.
“We have a lot wider variety of populations at the school, but, in saying that, we’ve been a very close group,” said Highland Oaks PTA president Barbara Davis, who has three children enrolled at the elementary school. “I’m calling them ignorant, but it’s their choice to feel that way, right or wrong.”