Elmo's Dad Explains Racism And Protesting On 'Sesame Street' Town Hall

Elmo’s Dad Explains Racism And Protesting On ‘Sesame Street’ Town Hall

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On Saturday morning’s ‘Sesame Street’ town hall, Elmo’s father explains racism, protesting, and the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement

Due to the complexity of racism and the violent nature of the crimes that provoked the recent civil rights protests, it can be difficult to explain to young children. However, because morals, values, and beliefs can be engrained in children at a young age, it is extremely important to open up the conversation so they understand what is going on. Luckily, Sesame Street has been helping parents tackle these sort of difficult topics with kids for over 50 years. And on Saturday, the educational program partnered with CNN and hosted a town hall dubbed Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism centered around the nationwide protests stemming from George Floyd’s murder at the hands of four Minneapolis police. Of all the brilliant must-watch segments, the most important for every family to watch involves Elmo’s dad, Louie, perfectly explaining racism to his son.

During the start of the clip, featured on CNN‘s Twitter account, a crowd can be heard chanting “Black Lives Matter.” Elmo looks out the window and sees the group congregated outside and explains to his dad he doesn’t know what is happening. “Why are these people together?” he asks him.

“They’re gathering together to protest. A protest is when people come together to show they are upset and disagree about something. They want to make others aware of the problem. Through protesting, people are able to share their feelings and work together to make things better,” Louie responds.

He continues to explain that protestors often make signs. He shows Elmo one that says “Love Justice Peace” — and even reveals he will be bringing it to a protest later on.

“They look upset,” Elmo continues. “Are the protesters sad?”

“They are sad and upset and they have every right to be, Elmo. People are upset because racism is a huge problem in our country,” responds Louie.

Elmo rightfully asks his father what racism is, to which he responds that “racism is when people treat other people unfairly because of the way they look or the color of their skin.”

Elmo tells his father he doesn’t understand why people would discriminate based on skin color. “Elmo has friends with different types of skin, oh, and fur, too,” he says.

“I know Elmo, but not all streets are like Sesame Street,” his dad responds. “On Sesame Street, we all love and respect one another. Across the country, people of color, especially in the black community, are being treated unfairly because of how they look, their culture, race and who they are. What we are seeing is people saying enough is enough. They want to end racism.”

Elmo asks his father what he can do to end racism and “support his friends.”

“Well, we can start by learning and talking about what is happening and take action,” Louie tells Elmo.