A mom named Lydia Stith Rosebush posted a story on Facebook about her 5-year-old son, Jax, who wanted to get the same haircut as his best friend, Reddy, to fool their teacher.
The post has gone viral for a specific reason: Jax is white. Reddy is black.
Rosebush shared this photo of the two boys from December, before Jax’s haircut:
This morning Jax and I were discussing his wild hair. I told him that he needed a haircut this weekend. He said that he wanted his head shaved really short so he could look like his friend Reddy. 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. He thought it would be so hilarious to confuse his teacher with the same haircut.
According to his his mom, Jax literally doesn’t realize his friend is black (or he doesn’t realize he’s white). If you’re an adult, you probably shouldn’t say you “don’t see color” (unless you’re technically colorblind). But he’s five, so this is genuinely adorable.
“If this isn’t proof that hate and prejudice is something that is taught I don’t know what is,” Rosebush wrote. “The only difference Jax sees in the two of them is their hair.”
Jax got the haircut, and his mom posted the after-pic on Reddit. Here’s what they look like now:
At this point, I’m so blinded by cuteness that I can’t tell them apart either.
These boys are adorable and they’ll hopefully stay best friends forever, mainly so when they’re teenagers, Reddy can make endless fun of Jax for this story. Lovingly, of course.