Parents won’t let girl attend black friend’s party

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MEMPHIS, TN - Out of the mouths of babes. What a little Tennessee girl revealed was the real reason why her parents were not allowing her to attend a friend's birthday party.

A honest note between two young Tennessee friends is making waves nationwide.

In the letter, the little girl admits racism may play a part in whether she can celebrate her friend's birthday.

Shay Arthur reports.

(Lasimba Gray/Civil Rights Activist) "52 years of the Dr.. 'I Have a Dream' speech by Dr. King, you would think that the basis for racism would disappear but evidentially it is being perpetuated by those who teach it."

Lasimba grey dedicated his life to civil and human rights...when he saw this letter Monday afternoon he called it regrettable because a parent told their child it's ok to judge someone based on the color of their skin.

(Lasimba Gray/Civil Rights Activist) "Every child has a blank canvas when they come into the world."

The letter reads in part, maybe I will not be able to go to your birthday sleepover because my dad will not let me go because you are black. The birthday sleepover was for Harmony Jones...when her father, Christopher Jones saw the letter he was surprised.

(Christopher Jones/Birthday Girl's Father) "It angered me a little bit, it hurt me you know for the simple fact that my 10-year-old girl had to deal with something that never thought I myself would have to deal with this."

Jones says he doesn't blame his daughter's friend.

(Christopher Jones/Birthday Girl's Father) "I guess us as parents need to be more aware and conscious about what we teach our children."

As regrettable as the note is gray hopes it's something everyone can learn from.

(Lasimba Gray/Civil Rights Activist) "When parents run across racism that's a good moment to teach tolerance but more than that to teach understanding to appreciate each other and celebrate our diversity."