Sesame Street introduces two black muppets

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Sesame Street introduces two black muppets – Wes and his dad Elijah – to talk to kids about black identity and race

  • The new characters, five-year-old Wesley Walker and his dad Elijah, were revealed this week in a video featuring Elmo
  • In the video, published on the show’s website, Elmo asks father and son why people have different skin tones
  • The segment is part of a new series of videos called ABCs of Racial Literacy
  • In another video to be released soon, a Spanish muppet named Rosita will be confronted with ‘a racist incident in a supermarket’

Sesame Street has introduced two black muppet characters to talk to children about race.

The new characters, five-year-old Wesley Walker and his dad Elijah, were revealed this week in a video featuring Elmo.

In the video, published on the show’s website, Elmo asks father and son why people have different skin tones.

The topic is raised after Elmo points out that a leaf that has fallen from a tree has the same shade as its fur and that other leaves are brown like Wesley’s and Elijah’s skin.

Elijah explains that it has to do with melanin.

Sesame Street has introduced two black muppet characters, five-year-old Wesley Walker and his father Elijah, to talk about race with kids

Sesame Street has introduced two black muppet characters, five-year-old Wesley Walker and his father Elijah, to talk about race with kids

Melanin is something that we all have in our bodies, giving the outside of our body the skin color it is. It also gives us our eye and hair color, ”Elijah said.

‘The color of our skin is important to who we are, but we all need to know it’s okay that we all look different in so many ways.

‘Things on the outside, such as our skin color, our hair texture, our noses, our mouth and eyes, make us who we are. Many people call this breed. But even though we look different, we are all part of the human race. ‘

In another video to be released soon, a Spanish muppet named Rosita will be confronted with ‘a racist incident in a supermarket’.

The segments are part of a new series of videos called ABCs of Racial Literacy.

Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind the popular children’s show, said the videos are intended to “provide families with the tools they need to build racial literacy, to have open conversations with young children.”

“The work to dismantle racism begins by helping children understand what racism is and how it hurts and affects people,” said Kay Wilson Stallings, executive vice president of Creation and Production at Sesame Workshop.

In the video, published on the show's website, Elmo asks father and son why people have different skin tones

In the video, published on the show's website, Elmo asks father and son why people have different skin tones

In the video, published on the show’s website, Elmo asks father and son why people have different skin tones

The segment is part of a new series of videos called ABCs of Racial Literacy

The segment is part of a new series of videos called ABCs of Racial Literacy

The segment is part of a new series of videos called ABCs of Racial Literacy

Last June, Sesame Street teamed up with CNN to hold a town hall on racism after George Floyd’s death by police in Minneapolis.

Sesame Workshop also aired an anti-racist special ‘The Power of We’ at the end of the year, in which children are encouraged to stand up against racism.

Sesame Street has a history of explaining the world to children, addressing everything from foster care to drug abuse.

The show has introduced a range of new and diverse muppets over the years, including Julia, who has autism, and Lily, who has become homeless.

There is also a six-year-old female character named Zari from Afghanistan and Karli who lives in foster care as her mother battles an opioid addiction.

In 2002, Sesame Street introduced Kami, a five-year-old yellow Muppet with HIV.

The show has introduced a range of new and diverse muppets over the years, including Zari from Afghanistan

The show has introduced a range of new and diverse muppets over the years, including Zari from Afghanistan

Karli lives in foster homes because her mother has an opioid addiction

Karli lives in foster homes because her mother has an opioid addiction

The show has introduced a range of new and diverse muppets over the years, including Zari from Afghanistan (left) and Karli who lives in foster care as her mother battles an opioid addiction (right)

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