Over the weekend, CNN aired an hourlong Sesame Street special to help kids understand what racism is and why people are protesting against police brutality.
Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism featured muppet Abby Cadabby who spoke about the time Big Bird was bullied for his yellow feathers, Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms who answered questions about racism and the Black Lives Matter protests, and authors Jennifer Harvey and Beverly Daniel Tatum who spoke about white privilege and how to raise racially conscious kids.
At one point, Elmo asked his dad, Louie (who I never even realized EXISTED), why people were protesting outside his window.
Said Louie: “They are sad and upset, and they have every right to be. People are upset because racism is a huge problem in our country.”
Elmo then asked his dad what racism is. Louie explained:
Racism is when people treat other people unfairly because of the way they look or the color of their skin… Not all streets are like Sesame Street. On Sesame Street, we all love and respect one another. Across the country, people of color—especially in the Black community—are being treated unfairly because of how they look, their culture, race, and who they are. What we are seeing is people saying, ‘Enough is enough.’ They want to end racism.
To which Elmo poignantly said:
“Elmo… Elmo wants to end racism, too.”
“Not all streets are like Sesame Street. … What we are seeing is people saying 'enough is enough.' They want to end racism.”@Elmo’s dad Louie explains why people are protesting across the US. https://t.co/icV04F4FNW #CNNSesameStreet pic.twitter.com/1efrMAzZ8V— CNN (@CNN) June 6, 2020