“Sesame Street” reiterated on its commitment to spotlighting diverse voices this week by unveiling a heartfelt segment featuring two new Black Muppets as well as other digital resources, reports the Huffington Post.
The roughly three-minute clip, titled “Explaining Race,” introduces viewers to 5-year-old Wesley Walker and his father, Elijah. As the pair are enjoying an afternoon nature walk, Elmo arrives to engage them in a short and age-appropriate conversation that touches on their Black identity.
Using autumn leaves as a metaphor, Elijah tells Wes and Elmo, “When people of all colors come together, we stand strong, like this tree.”
Released Tuesday, “Explaining Race” was included in “The ABCs of Racial Literacy,” a new digital content series produced by “Sesame Street” in conjunction with its ongoing “Coming Together” effort meant to emphasize racial justice.