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People Love What This Mom Did For Her Daughter After She Was Bullied For Her Skin Color

"I am beautiful and black. I am smart. I am funny. I am vibrant."

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After her daughter was bullied on the bus for her skin color, a mother from Maryland came up with a perfect self-love exercise to boost her daughter’s self-esteem.

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The sweet video has since gone viral on Twitter, where it has been retweeted more than 113,000 times since it was posted on Saturday.

In the video, 8-year-old Charleigh is seen looking in the mirror and reading positive messages about herself.

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"I am beautiful and black. I am smart. I am funny. I am vibrant," she says. "I am kind. I am honest. I am helpful. I am graceful. I am nice. I am proud to be brown. I am magical, unbreakable, and confident.”

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Alexandra Elle, 27, told BuzzFeed News that Charleigh called her after school last week, crying and saying, "Mama, kids were bullying me on the bus."

Alexandra Elle

Elle said Charleigh then explained a few other kids were calling her names and commenting on her skin color.

“As a mother, I know that kids will be kids, but it didn’t sit well with me that Charleigh was being made fun of for being brown,” Elle said.

Elle said she had a chat with Charleigh over the phone and again when she got home, where she “reinforced the fact that she is a beautiful person, inside and out, and so is the color of her skin.”

Elle, who does self-care sessions with adults, said she then decided to do the self-love exercise with Charleigh because she could tell her daughter was still a little bothered by the comments.

Alexandra Elle

Elle said Charleigh is a sensitive kid and that although she felt a little better the next day, she did opt out of riding the bus home.

She added that she felt it was important for children to have gentle reminders to fall back on and keep close in certain situations.

Alexandra Elle

“It won’t solve every problem, but it will help with some,” she said.

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People have even created art in support.

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Elle said she did not expect her video to go viral; she had shared it because “the message was needed and could be adapted by other parents.”

“Also, representation matters, and I am glad my kiddo and I could serve as an inspiration to so many,” she added.

Kassy Cho is a reporter with BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Kassy Cho at kassy.cho@buzzfeed.com.

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