Sesame Street Goes Gangsta

Sesame Street

by Jeff Davis

I’ve never liked Sesame Street. It seemed like an early attempt to brainwash children into accepting Diversity. It seemed to be geared toward stupid children (or perhaps written by stupid, humorless liberals). At least Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Yosemite Sam were often funny. Sesame Street was just Diverse, unfunny and lame, much like our whole society has become.

Well, guess what? Sesame Street is introducing a new character with a jailbird Daddy so all the little Black and Latino children out there with a Daddy in prison don’t feel left out.

An NBC News article reports: “Those friendly, fuzzy Muppets from Sesame Street have helped kids open up about all sorts of serious subjects, from hunger and divorce to military deployment. But they’re now tackling a much more unexpected issue: incarceration.”

“Meet Alex, the first Muppet to have a dad in jail. According to a Pew Charitable Trusts report, one in 28 children in the United States now has a parent behind bars — more than the number of kids with a parent who is deployed — so it’s a real issue, but it’s talked about far less because of the stigma. That’s why the Sesame Workshop says it created the Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration initiative, an online tool kit intended to help kids with a parent in prison find support and comfort, and provide families with strategies and tips to talk to their children about incarceration.” 

When I was growing up all we had was Captain Kangaroo and Huckleberry Hound. Everyone had a Mom and a Dad. The idea of having “two Daddies” or a Daddy in prison was unthinkable back then.

The article continues “For more than 40 years, Sesame Street has been helping kids tackle tough topics like death and divorce. With one in 28 kids having a parent behind bars, the show will now be tackling the topic of understanding jail time. NBC’s Erika Hill reports.”

” ‘Alex is blue-haired and green-nosed and he wears a hoodie’ you might think he’s just another carefree inhabitant of Sesame Street. But there’s sorrow in Alex’s voice when he talks about his father. ‘I just miss him so much,’ he tells a friend. ‘I usually don’t want people to know about my Dad.’ ”

I wonder if the show ever will ever say what Muppet senior did to get tossed in the slammer.

“It’s easier for kids to hear such things from a Muppet than an adult, creators of the initiative noted. ‘Coming from a Muppet, it’s almost another child telling their story to the children,’ said Jeanette Betancourt, vice president of outreach and educational practices at the Sesame Workshop. Alex will not be part of the regular cast on Sesame Street, but he’s playing a central role in the online tool kit.”

“‘Children of parents behind bars often feel sadness, shame and guilt about the situation, so they need to know they are loved and that the incarceration is not their fault, said Carol Burton, executive director of Centerforce, a non-profit dedicated to supporting families impacted by incarceration. We are several million children impacted by incarceration in this country,’ Burton said. ‘No one is paying attention to them.’”

Actually, having a parent in prison IS something disgraceful. The children have half their genes from the Daddy, and odds are that they’ll be following in Daddy’s footsteps unless they make a major effort to fight against their natural inclinations. For young Black males, 40 percent of their population is either in jail, on parole or on probation. During the Trayvon Martin event, we discovered that school authorities were bending over backwards NOT to convict young Blacks, like Trayvon of crimes. We probably don’t have enough jail space to lock up all the young Blacks, who should be locked up so many young Black criminals get multiple passes on going to jail.

Apparently, a decision has been made to “dumb down” morality so that all the Black children with jailbird Daddies, don’t feel stigmatized and left out. Perhaps White parents should make it a point to never let their children watch Sesame Street so that they don’t get brainwashed to accept Diversity or jailbird Daddies.

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