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Elmo and his dad discuss protesting and racism in ‘Sesame Street’ and CNN town hall

"Elmo wants to end racism too," said Elmo, after his dad, Louie, explained ongoing protests about racial inequalities.

"Sesame Street's" Elmo joined his dad Louie on CNN to discuss protesting and racism on Saturday June 6th, 2020. (Screenshot via CNN''s website)

In a special titled “Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism,” the cast of “Sesame Street” — including fan-favorites such as Elmo, Big Bird, and Abby Cadabby —  joined CNN Saturday night, to discuss and explain the concepts of protesting and racism to children for the first time.

In a now viral clip Elmo tells his dad, Louie, that he does not understand what is happening with protests across the United States. Louie explains to him, “Through protesting, people are allowed to share their feelings and work together to make things better.” When Elmo asks if the protesters are sad, Louie responds, “They are sad and upset. And they have every right to be, Elmo. People are upset because racism is a huge problem in our country.”

“Elmo wants to end racism too,” said Elmo, after his dad, Louie, explained racial inequalities.

This is not the first time Louie has appeared on “Sesame Street”‘ to help explain difficult topics to children. In 2010, the show aired an episode titled “When Families Grieve” that explained the concept of loss and mourning to Elmo after his Uncle Jack passed away.

More information about “Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism” and the full video can be found on CNN’s website here.

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