When it was time for Jax, a fun-loving 5-year-old, to get his haircut, he knew exactly what style he wanted—and why. “He said that he wanted his head shaved really short so he could look like his friend Reddy,” Lydia Stith Rosebush, little Jax’s mother, wrote in a Facebook post. “He said he couldn’t wait to go to school on Monday with his hair like Reddy’s so that his teacher wouldn’t be able to tell them apart.” When devising his adorable plan, Jax didn’t seem to take into account one obvious physical dissimilarity between Reddy and himself: their skin color.
Jax, who is white, and Reddy, who is black, attend preschool together in Kentucky. Recently, after noticing the state of his “wild hair,” Jax’s mother told him that it was time for a trim. When he declared his desire for a Reddy-inspired cropped cut and explained his hilarious and harmless idea for a prank, she was in awe of his innocence. She shared the story on Facebook, accompanied by a photo of Jax and Reddy posing at their class’ Christmas program. “I’m sure you all see the resemblance,” Rosebush sarcastically said about the black and white pair. “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.”