PARKLAND, FL- Six-year-old Maia Lerman has been impacted and inspired by the world's struggles with racial injustice, and she wanted to do something to help. The Parkland kindergartner recently began selling her toys on Facebook in an effort raise funds that strive towards racial equality. In light of the recent deaths of black people in America and nationwide protesting, the Lerman family wanted to teach their children to how to make a difference.
"She knows the basics of inequalities and that people are being killed and mistreated because of the color of their skin. I didn't want to present her with a major problem and not teach her to respond by being proactive to help make the change," explained Maia's mom, Lori Lerman.
After a family discussion, Maia decided to sell some of her toys and donate the proceeds to an organization working for racial equality and social justice.
"It was a way to help her start learning about injustices in the world and to experience one way of how to help," shared Lerman.
In the video posted by her mother, Maia describes that she is selling her toys and donating the money because black lives matter. To date, Maia has raised $110 and is donating the money to Equal Justice Initiative (EJI). According to their website, EJI challenges poverty and racial injustice, advocates for equal treatment in the criminal justice system, and creates hope for marginalized communities.
"It doesn't matter what skin you have. All that matters is people get treated the correct way," shared Maia.
Maia ends her video by encouraging others to get involved to ensure equality.
"You guys that are out there do what I am doing and help to make sure everyone gets treated equally," said Maia.
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