Three-year-old Samara, like many, many little girls, loves “Frozen”. As a big fan of the hit Disney film, she also loves dressing like her favorite character, the flaxen-haired ice princess Elsa.
She was excited to attend a Disney-themed event at the Watergardens shopping center in Melbourne, Australia with her mother Rachel Muir where she would get to dress like Elsa and play with other children in a “snow pit” created for the event.
However, that happiness quickly turned to tears when a woman and her two daughters reportedly made racist comments to Samara, who is black Aboriginal, saying that “Anna and Elsa aren’t Black” and “Black is ugly” and “your [sic] Black.”
Samara became upset and her mother was shocked. According to the local paper, The Ballarat Courier, Muir was especially surprised by the comments after noticing that there were many girls of different ethnicities at the event.
The shopping center was apologetic, but Samara became withdrawn after the event, refusing to go to her Aboriginal dance class.
“The saddest part of it all is that racism is alive and well and the next generation are being subjected to it,” Ms Muir told the Courier. “Nobody is born into this world a racist. It is learnt behavior. It can be changed.”
After Muir shared a Facebook post about the incident (which has since been deleted), her story caught the attention of one important person: an Elsa impersonator.
Elsa sent a video to Samara in the days after, encouraging her to above all, always be herself.