Sesame Street is introducing two new Black Muppet characters as part of their initiative to tackle race and racism through the show. “Children are not colorblind -- not only do they first notice differences in race in infancy, but they also start forming their own sense of identity at a very young age,” said Jeanette Betancourt, senior vice president at Sesame Workshop. “’The ABS’s of Racial Literacy’ is designed to foster open age-appropriate conversations among families and support them in building racial literacy. By encouraging these much-needed conversations through Coming Together, we can help children build a positive sense of identity and value the identities of others.”

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