Entertainment Jill Biden and Rosita the Muppet Talk About Racial Diversity in Military on Sesame Street
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Dr.and have something in common: Both the first lady and the turqoise Sesame Street character come from military families.
Last week, the pair appeared together onto discuss racial diversity in the military and the importance of being an "upstander" who stands up to mistreatment of others. The conversation was part of Sesame Workshop's Coming Together racial literacy initiative, for which they are partnering with USAA to help military and veteran families start important conversations about bias with young children.
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During the exchange, Rosita, who is bilingual and Mexican-American, says, "I am so proud that I have a Papi who serves in the military," and adds that she's proud to be Mexican-American.
She also says she's proud she's an "upstander": "That means I use kind words and actions to stand up for myself and my friends."
In response, Biden says, "Wow! You know what? I'm proud to be an upstander, too. It's important to treat everyone we meet with kindness and fairness and respect. If we see someone being treated unfairly, we should stand up for them."
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In her Sesame Street appearance, Biden told Rosita, "Military friends are some of the kindest, bravest people I know. So I bet your friends are amazing upstanders. Please send them a big hello from me!"
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Biden's appearance on Sesame Street marked the resumption of a tradition: Since Barbara Bush, every first lady has appeared on the show with the exception of Melania Trump,reports.
Recently, Sesame Workshop, with the support of USAA, released a new collection of resources to help young children grapple with the impacts of racism. Among these materials, available in both English and Spanish, are an interactive game that celebrates different skin colors and a music video addressing the feelings that come with experiencing bias and racism starring Rosita, Elmo and Wes, a Black Muppet boy.
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