Sesame Street & Racism


Layla Newell, Staff Writer

In the article “‘Speak up!’ — ‘Sesame Street’ tackles racism in TV special’”, they talked about racism, the different ways it’s wrong, and how it can upset people. At first, I was a little hesitant to hear that they were introducing racism to young children, although the more I read, the more I was in support of it. They were using a delicate method that brings awareness to the children but doesn’t confuse them. I think that using children’s television shows to lightly bring awareness is a really good idea, as long as the topics aren’t too heavy. I really like how they explained the show and the reasoning for putting topics like this in children’s shows. Overall, the article helped me understand what the reasoning was for having that episode, and I think it is a great thing to delicately teach children how racism is wrong and hurtful.