Last Friday, five-year-old Jax Rosebush wanted to prank his teacher the following Monday by getting a similar haircut to his best friend, Reddy, so she wouldn't be able to tell them apart. There's one thing: Jax is Caucasian and Reddy is African-American.
"He thought it would be so hilarious to confuse his teacher with the same haircut," Jax's mother, Lydia Rosebush shared in a Facebook post. "If this isn't proof that hate and prejudice are something that is taught I don't know what is. The only difference Jax sees in the two of them is their hair."
Mrs. Rosebush was so amused by her son's enthusiasm, which obviously runs deeper than a simple haircut, that she shared a Facebook post detailing the story, which has since garnered 170,000 likes, more than 10,000 comments and nearly 89,000 shares.
On Tuesday, Rosebush told ABC 13, "This is total insanity!" Rosebush said Tuesday. "I just made the post because my kid is hilarious and cute. I never anticipated this. It just struck me as funny that Jax doesn't even notice that Reddy is a different color. When he describes Reddy he never mentions it. I thought with all the hate in the world today, we could use this lesson from an almost 5-year-old."
"There's an innocence children have that sometimes we lose. If we could get some of that back, I think it would be amazing," Reddy's father said.