Today may be #BlackoutTuesday, but yesterday, Sesame Street used social media to assure followers that it does not stand for racism on its street or “any street.”
On Monday, the popular PBS show shared an important message in the midst of historic protests against racism and police brutality following the murder of George Floyd. The company posted the personal statement on all of its official social media platforms, including Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
“Racism has no place on our Street—or on any street," part of the statement read. “Sesame Street was built on diversity, inclusion, and, especially, kindness.”
"Today and every day we stand together with our Black colleagues, partners, collaborators and the entire Black community,” the statement continued. “We stand with our friends around the globe to speak out against racism, to promote understanding, and to create a world that is smarter, stronger, and kinder.”
Since its original airing (over 50 years ago), Sesame Street has been an advocate for inclusivity, equal rights and representation, including characters and guests of all socio-economic statuses and races.
During these difficult and chaotic times, this is the kind of support we all need to be giving right now.