Note: A previous version of this story stated the two children were adopted. This was incorrect; the two children were fostered.
DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Katie Beth Linder became a big sister just over a year and a half ago, but not in the way you might expect.
In 2019, Katie’s family fostered two young children—two young black children. Now, in a time of protests and demands for justice, Katie is offering people a new perspective.
“Everybody thinks that they’re so cute,” Katie told WDHN.
While that is what most people say upon meeting her younger brother and sister, Katie said she is concerned with what people might say to her siblings, particularly her brother, years from now.
“I know so many black males who are adults who are such kind people and just so loving and, yet, people think that they’re thugs,” Katie said. “Whenever they get pulled over, they start making judgments on them.”
In fact, Katie and her family have already experienced difficult situations.
“We do get crazy looks and I don’t ever want them to ever think that it’s them because it’s not,” Katie said. “It’s for sure just other people and their issues.”
That’s why Katie created her Facebook post, calling on all people, regardless of race, to exercise understanding and to see past a person’s skin color.
“I just want them to know that they’re just souls,” Katie said. “They are people with big hearts who love to love and that’s all that they want to do is just love you. They’re not scary people, they’re not anybody to be afraid of. They’re just normal people who want to make this world a better place. And they’re going to do that, one way or another.”
And if Katie’s message is not clear enough:
“That’s what I challenge people to do all the time, is just to have some kindness and love,” Katie said. “Love everybody. You don’t have to like everybody, but you have to love everybody so do it.”
Katie’s post has been shared over 500 times on Facebook. While she never expected to see such a reaction to her post, Katie said she hopes those who do read it will consider joining her fight against hate.