MEMPHIS - Parents tell their kids they can't go to the party all the time, but the reason one Tennessee girl couldn't go to her friends' 10th birthday party may come as a shock. It's all spelled out in a letter to the birthday girl, Harmony Jones.
"I will not be able to come to your birthday sleepover because my dad will not let me go because you are black. Not trying to be races (racist)..."
"It angered me a little bit. It hurt me," Harmony's father, Christopher Jones, said. "You know, for the simple fact that my 10-year-old girl had to deal with something that I never thought I myself would even have to deal with."
The girl did clear her mom from the bigoted ban, saying she would've let her go to Harmony's party.
But that didn't put a Band-Aid on this racial wound.
"I guess as parents, we need to be more aware or conscious of what we teach our children," Jones said.
Turns out, this week has seen more than its share of racist reactions. An Alaskan Army base is being investigated over what it calls "Racial Thursdays." It's a day where soldiers get a pass to throw around slurs with no consequences.
Here's hoping those with hate in their heart can find some Harmony.