To help the younger generation understand systematic racism and oppression in America, ‘Sesame Street’ teamed up with CNN to educate children across the United States.
The town hall, titled, ‘Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism’, featured several ‘Sesame Street’ characters to answer questions from kids themselves.
Elmo’s dad, Louie, explained why people are coming together to protest, saying, “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.”
Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms was also invited to speak. She called for the voices of Black children to speak up and talk about their experiences. Mayor Bottoms said, “We are the only race of people who came to this country enslaved, and it’s the reason that we have to continue to call on our history and speak our history, and so while we respect people of all colors and all races, that when Black people are still being unfairly targeted very publicly it’s important that we speak that as well.”