Sesame Street Introduces Two Black Muppets To Teach Kids About Race


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Meet the brand new Muppets: 5-year-old Wes and his father Elijah

Sesame Workshop, the juggernaut behind Sesame Street, launched new movies to help households in talking to their kiddos about race and racism. The ABCs of Racial Literacy is a part of Coming Together, Sesame Workshop’s persevering with program devoted to racial justice. The tentpole programming is a part of Sesame Street’s much-lauded want to be related for contemporary youngsters, which suggests not shying away from subject like autism and habit.

In the brand new video, Wes and Elijah clarify the ideas of melanin and race to Elmo.

“Elmo wants to know why Wes’ skin is brown,” the ‘lil red Muppet asks as the group checks out leaves in the park. “I know why, Elmo! My mom and dad told me, it’s due to melanin, proper Dad?” Wes solutions.

“That’s right,” Elijah says, including, “Melanin is something that we each have inside our bodies that makes the outside of our bodies the skin color that it is. It also gives us our eye and our hair color.”

“The color of our skin is an important part of who we are but we should all know that it’s okay that we all look different in so very many ways,” he says.

“At Sesame Workshop, we look at every issue through the lens of a child. Children are not colorblind—not only do they first notice differences in race in infancy, but they also start forming their own sense of identity at a very young age,” Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, Senior Vice President, Sesame Workshop mentioned in a press launch.

“‘The ABCs of Racial Literacy’ is designed to foster open, age-appropriate conversations among families and support them in building racial literacy. By encouraging these much-needed conversations through Coming Together, we can help children build a positive sense of identity and value the identities of others.”

The Sesame Workshop just lately commissioned a research which discovered for kids ages 6-11 and their dad and mom, racism was essentially the most urgent social difficulty for almost half the children sampled with racism extra widespread in responses of Black youngsters. Most dad and mom had been snug with youngsters studying about race and prejudice by means of media, books, or faculty, but solely 23% of oldsters mentioned that that they had out there assets which might them put together for talks with their baby. The new ABCs of Racial Literacy assets makes an attempt to fill a necessity for fogeys and caregivers as they have interaction in discussions with their kids about race and discrimination.

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