While parents battle with school boards across the country against the teachings of critical race theory, which declares that systemic racism is rampant in the U.S. and that all white people are inherently racist, the Biden administration proceeds with the notion that America is indeed an irredeemably racist nation.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said last month systemic racism remains a problem and that “racial equity and addressing racial equity” was a central priority for President Joe Biden.
On that note, first lady Jill Biden will appear on “Sesame Street” alongside “Rosita,” the Mexican-American muppet, to speak to military families on racism — for what it’s worth, every first lady since Barbara Bush has appeared on the show, with the lone exception of former first lady Melania Trump.
“I was just thinking of all the things that make me proud to be me, Rosita replied in the children’s propaganda segment, when Biden asked her what she’s doing. “It’s a little project I’m doing with my military-kid friends.”
The Hispanic muppet proceeds to explain that she’s proud to have a “papi” serving in the military and that she’s proud to be a Mexican-American.
“Oh, and there’s another thing I am very proud of, Dr. Biden, actually I just learned it, that I am an upstander,” Rosita revealed. “That means I use kind words and actions to stand up for myself and my friends.”
“Wow,” Biden responds. “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.”
(It may be fair to ask if Trump supporters are included in that list? Republicans? White Anglo-Saxon Protestants?)
And just like that, the left creates another word to soft sell its agenda.
Here’s more on the term “upstander,” from a 2016 Wall Street Journal article:
An “upstander” is a person who has chosen to make a difference in the world by speaking out against injustice and creating positive change. The term, coined by diplomat Samantha Power and popularized by Facing History and Ourselves, has now been recognized an official word in the English language.
“Military and veteran families practice service in everything they do, and they live their lives with purpose – values that help them confront injustices like racism,” Dr. Jeanette Betancourt said in a statement.
Betancourt is the senior vice president for U.S. Social Impact at Sesame Workshop.
“In a military kid’s world, it’s common to see people of all races and backgrounds living, working, and playing together,” the release continued. “Military parents and caregivers can help their children become good citizens of the world by using that unique opportunity to talk openly about racism and celebrate who they are inside and out.”
In June, Sesame Street debuted an episode titled “Family Day,” that featured the first married same-sex couple as recurring characters.
Sesame Workshop launched the “Coming Together” initiative in March, focusing on “racial literacy.”
In effect, the group says we are racists upon birth: “Children are not born colorblind. We know that babies notice physical differences, from skin color to eye shape and hair texture.”
“The work to dismantle racism begins by helping children understand what racism is and how it hurts and impacts people,” Kay Wilson Stallings, executive vice president of creative and production, said upon launching the initiative. “We’re proud to reaffirm our ‘Coming Together’ commitment to racial justice, which will be woven into new Sesame Workshop content for years to come.”
More from Sesame Workshop on what racial literacy is:
- the knowledge, skills, and awareness needed to talk thoughtfully about race and racism; this naturally includes having a rich vocabulary including terms such as race, racism, prejudice, ally, upstander, and so on.
- the ability to identify racism when it happens
- having strategies to counter or cope with racism
- understanding the role racism plays in society
One thing is certain, with all the focus on what divides the country, there’s less energy to spend on what unites us.
Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter: (** Language warning)
Treat everyone with “fairness and kindness” ? Every 1st lady except Melania Trump appeared on the show.
Why didn’t you invite Melania Trump to appear? Where was your fairness & equality then? If you say you did invite her to appear, that should be easy enough to prove. I’ll wait pic.twitter.com/6Qon4EDLVr
— Sgt.Mark🇺🇸Back_The_Blue (@Sgt_4Ever) July 13, 2021
military families are the most likely to not care about this #wokefolkmessage as they’re the most diverse and focused group of people alive who collectively don’t care about color. when you’re getting shot at, all we care about is completing the mission.
— shawnmesaros (@shawnmesaros) July 13, 2021
All you’re doing is creating division and justification for racial hatred that will end in violence. Not to mention it’s all based on a seditious Marxist ideology that seeks to undermine basic principles of this country and the Constitution.
— DronetekPolitics (@TheDronetek) July 14, 2021
This is some sick, twisted shit.
— Luke 🇦🇺 (@Wokko79) July 14, 2021
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