Remember that episode of the Cosby Show when Dr. Huxtable catches the tap dancing bug and manages to challenge Rudy’s instructor in the most hilarious dance battle EVER?
Well, an adorable preschooler channeled her inner-Cosby when she took to the stage during a performance of “Broadway Baby.”
During the routine, the girl wiggles, sings along to the song, and manages to outshine her fellow tappers with her energy and exuberance. The audience is dazzled by her antics and rewards her with hearty laughs and applause.
Although the video is from June, it came across my radar thanks to a Facebook post by writer Demetria Lucas, who was also enthralled by the little girl’s performance (despite being slightly annoyed by her ad-libs).
Of course, while most focused on the little girl’s too-cute moves (which seemed to still stick to the routine, albeit sped up), others felt the need to dig far into the racially offensive barrel of hateration and condemn this little girl to a life of lawlessness and mental health struggles.
One commenter on the Man Repeller blog remarked the pint-sized dancer was clearly “off her meds,” while another said, “It’s going to be really funny 20 years from now when LaQueshia there is on the six-o’clock news for not having any self-control and committing a crime.”
But here’s the rub, folks.
For all of the talk about post-racial, inclusive America, black children are still held to harsher standards than their peers.
While the video showed a normal, cute outburst by a delightful preschooler, some saw it as a manic episode by an out of control child. I’m almost certain that had a little white girl done the exact same thing folks would be hailing her independence and creativity, not dooming her to a life of crime. But such is life.
Thankfully, most were able to see this performance for what it was: a little girl having fun. And for our children, who are often forced to grow up way too soon, that’s all that matters.