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Inside Sesame Street’s racism initiative for kids

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Hari Sreenivasan:

The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others at the hands of police have elevated conversations about race and policing throughout the country. And when it comes to children, initiating and navigating how to talk about race can be complicated.

To help with those conversations, Sesame Street is developing new resources adding new Muppets, to help teach children racial literacy and and understanding.

I recently spoke with Jeanette Betancourt and Kay Wilson Stallings from sesame workshop on their approach to tackling difficult topics and about the two newest members of the Muppet family.

Kay, this has been a tough year for parents on so many different levels, but one of them has been how to have conversations about race, about justice with children. When you were working on coming up with how these conversations could take place, what was going through your mind?

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