“Sesame Street” gets two black muppets «kleinezeitung.at

To educate children about racism, the world-famous “Sesame Street” has introduced two new Muppets. The new dolls are the black father Elijah and his son Wes.

09.36, 25 March 2021

This is what Elijah and Wes look like © Screenshot Youtube

To educate children about racism, the world-famous “Sesame Street” two new Muppets presented. The new dolls are about the black father Elijah and his son Weswho, among other things, talk about different skin colors in the clips released in the USA on Tuesday. Elijah and Wes explain to the character Elmo that the color of a person’s skin is dependent on melanin.

Despite the different looksHowever, we are all human, emphasize father and son to Elmo. The approximately three-minute clip is part of a new series of videos that, according to the makers, should give families more competence in dealing with racism so that they can have open conversations with children on the subject.

“The work to reduce racism begins with helping children understand what racism is and how it hurts people and influences, “said Kay Wilson Stallings, Vice President of” Sesame Workshop “, the creators behind the videos. Another clip will soon also feature characters of Hispanic origin who are confronted with a racist incident in a grocery store.

The US series “Sesame Street”, which has existed since 1969, is the benchmark for educational programs. The show can be seen in more than 150 countries.


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