“I won’t let anyone make me feel bad about my culture.”
Bullying has long been a concern of parents across America. History shows the effects of bullying can be devastating. On the other hand, some children’s pride and resilience in the face of such adversity serve as symbols of strength to those going through similar situations.
Two days ago, a Las Vegas woman named Toshia Shaw tweeted about her daughter’s encounter with bullying at school. Her daughter, Trinity, attends a school that is predominately White.
That day, her daughter told her about an incident at school where some boys at her school teased her about her hairstyle. Photos posted by Shaw show her daughter wearing her hair in the style of ‘locs,’ a traditional style in the Black community.
This kind of teasing often times leads to the self-hatred that develops in some people of color at an early age. However, little Trinity did not let their hateful comments get her down.
Trinity’s pride in her heritage gave her the courage to stand up to the bullies. According to Shaw, Trinity told her that she “refuses to allow kids to make her feel bad about her culture.”
Trinity’s story has since gone viral, racking up nearly 20,000 retweets in just over 48 hours. Shaw says an overwhelming amount of support has been pouring in for her daughter as well.
Her unbreakable spirit has already earned her interviews across the country.
Needless to say, the future is looking bright for this young lionness.