Wes and his dad Elijah run into Elmo in the park and have a lovely conversation about race in this new Sesame Street initiative about diversity.
Using a wonderful analogy, they show how different color leaves all come from the same tree.
They have also created a program with resources to help explain race and identity to young children:
Research shows that children form race-related ideas long before they’re ready to talk about race and racism… awareness of race begins as early as infancy!1 No matter their age, all children collect clues from their experiences to make sense of the world, so early, honest, and age-appropriate conversations really matter. Here’s an age-by-age look at how children’s understanding develops—and why it’s never too early to address racism.
For more approachable and friendly ways to talk about race, check out The Giant Song, aka “I Am Somebody“:
Image: YouTube / Sesame Street In Communities