“Elmo has a question… Elmo wants to why Wes’ skin is brown?” the red puppet asks a black father and son, new to the children’s show. “I know why, Elmo,” Wes replies. “My mom and and dad told me, it’s because of melamin [sic], right Dad?”

Wes is one of two new characters Sesame Street is using to make a statement against racism in a new clip featuring its star puppet Elmo, part of its “Coming Together” campaign for racial justice. Elmo is, true to his character, fascinated and wants to know more about today’s subject, which begins when he compares the colors of leaves to his fur and Wes’ ski…

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