10-year-old Harmony Jones was looking forward to having her classmates attend her birthday party. But Harmony’s family was shocked when they received a letter from one classmate and the reason why she couldn’t attend. Harmony attends Highland Oaks Elementary in Memphis, Tenn. and her father Christopher thought the school was one that embraced cultural differences.
“This is my daughter’s first time going to that particular school,” said Christopher Jones, Sr. “They strike up a friendship. So what would seem to be an innocent friendship, never thought anything like this would happen.”
“It was a picture of a letter, handwritten letter from a child,” Jones said. “Said something along the lines of, you know I can’t come to your party cause my father won’t let me cause I’m black. You would think in the 21st Century people would be judged strictly on their character or their personality, not on the color of their skin.”
Jones said Harmony was sad when she received the letter, but eventually she got over it. Asked if he had anything to say to the father of the child, he stated, “I would have to display the love that I’m trying to teach my daughter,” Jones said. “I would have a talk with him. I would. If we could iron out our differences, great! If not, God bless, the man.”