5-year-old boy shows the world what it means to be "colour blind"

Kids might say the darnest things but at times, we find ourselves learning a thing or two about life from them.

5-year-old Jax told his mother that he wanted a haircut just like his bestie, Reddy Weldon, so their teacher wouldn't be able to tell them apart.

The fact that he genuinely believes the trick would go on without a hitch is adorable enough.

But here's the catch: Jax is Caucasian while his buddy Reddy is African-American.

Everybody now: Aww!

The mother of one the kids, Lydia Stith Rosebush, recounted the conversation she had with her son on Facebook.

Needless to say, the Facebook post has spread like wildfire online, reaching almost 75,000 shares since it was first posted on Feb 24.

Facebook user Courtney Patterson had this to say: "They look like brothers! I bet the teacher would be confused!"

Said Rosebush in her post: "If this isn't proof that hate and prejudice is something that is taught I don't know what is. The only difference Jax sees in the two of them is their hair."

Exactly a week after her viral post, she treated the world wide web with an updated picture of the two friends on user-generated news site Reddit - this time with Jax sporting a fresh new 'do.

And boy, was it worth the wait.

Jax and ReddyPhoto: Reddit/kdj05

In an interview with Louiseville-based news website Wave3.com, Rosebush said she "never anticipated" such a huge response to her social media post.

She added: "It just struck me as funny that Jax doesn't even notice that Reddy is a different colour. When he describes Reddy he never mentions it."

According to the publication, Reddy and his older brother were born in Africa and were adopted by Kevin Weldon, a local pastor.

Weldon told the news outlet: "There's an innocence children have that sometimes we lose. If we could get some of that back, I think it would be amazing."

On behalf of netizens everywhere, here's to Jax and Reddy's eternal friendship.

May the buddies continue to be "colour blind" and make it through the many awkward phases in life together.

ssandrea@sph.com.sg