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I’ve been on Tumblr for about a year now and I’m surprised I haven’t seen anything regarding Sesame Street.

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 So, I figured I would shed a little light on it for all of you.

I watched this show religiously as a kid, and I’ve been looking into it again recently (a lot) just out of the sake of curiosity. There’s a lot of great stuff going on with this show.

To start, eight of its ten regular human cast members are people of color.

There’s Susan and Gordon, played by Dr. Loretta Long and Roscoe Orman…

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Maria and Luis, played by Sonia Manzano and Emilio Delgado…

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Alan, played by Alan Muraoka…

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Chris played by Christopher Knowings…

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Leela, played by Nitya Vidyasagar…

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Finally, Mando, played by Ismael Cruz Cordova.

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The show also has a single mom named Gina (played by Allison Bartlett-O’Reilly) who adopted a child named Marco from Guatemala and is raising him on her own.

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There’s also a bilingual Muppet named Rosita, played by Mexican-born puppeteer Carmen Osbahr.

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The diversity on the show has allowed storylines like Leela celebrating the Indian holiday of Rakhi…

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and Rosita having to deal with Mexican stereotypes in one of her story books.

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The show also introduced a Muppet named Segi (named after the adopted daughter of the show’s head writer) who was introduced to sing a song about loving her natural hair.

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Segi also had to deal with a story book saying that a teddy bear in a toy store is “too brown,” and therefore not good enough. This leads to a great song sung to her by Leela, Chris, and Mando.

The show also touches on subjects normally not covered on children’s television, like when Big Bird was being bullied for being too big and too yellow…

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and Rosita having to deal with her father becoming wheelchair-bound after getting wounded in battle.

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So, in short, this is a show that does more than any other children’s show I know, so I figured I would draw your attention to it so it can be properly appreciated.

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