Sesame Street touches on the subject of anti-Asian bullying in a way that most of us have experienced. The “Proud of Your Eyes” video includes Wes and Alan from Sesame Street who help their friend Analyn. She is a Filipino-American who was teased because of the slanted shape of her eyes.
According to NBC News, Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization released the video as an ongoing initiative of “The ABCs of Racial Literacy” to “help families have honest conversations about race.” The initiative provides an educational curriculum on racial justice for children. In the video, they sang a song about how unique their eyes are and that they tell stories of their family. Analyn goes on to say how her eyes look just like her Lola’s and that she’s beautiful.
Our eyes and how we look tells a story, our story. The story of who we are, but more importantly the stories of our ancestors.
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