Well, if you are worried that your young children won’t properly be indoctrinated into the realities of America’s awful racism by their teachers, and you don’t think you can do a good enough job explaining how bigoted and oppressive the country is, PBS’s cartoon Arthur is here to help. This week, the taxpayer-funded network is pushing out a new episode of their long running show, and this one is dedicated to teaching children that “black lives matter.”
The segment began with a conversation between the protagonist Arthur the aardvark and his best friend, Buster the rabbit, in which the pair make obvious reference to the distressing video of George Floyd in police custody (though they don’t mention Floyd by name).
“Did you see that video?” Arthur asks Buster.
“Yeah, I just watched it. It was awful! I can’t believe someone would be hurt like that, just because they’re black.”
“Buster, it happens everywhere!” Arthur responds. “I was talking to Mrs. MacGrady the other day and she said there’s a really long history of black people not being treated fairly in this country.”
“It has to stop!,” Buster exclaims.
The show, which attracted controversy last year when the animal characters attended the lesbian wedding of their friends, doesn’t let the racism talk end there. Later in the show, Arthur and Buster pay a visit to woke Mrs. MacGrady, who tells them that racism is a “disease” that will only get worse if animals like them don’t take action.
“It’s not enough to say, ‘I’m not racist, it’s not my problem,’” lectures MacGrady.
So kids, before you head off to the kitchen for that mid-afternoon snack, why don’t you sit down and make a list of all the ways you can be an “anti-racist”! Use your Crayolas. Get your parents to help if you haven’t yet learned how to write. And let’s face it, hopefully you haven’t yet. The earlier we can indoctrinate kids into this worldview – the worldview that says America is infected with the spreading disease of racism – the better off we’ll all be.
Oh, and stay tuned for next week’s episode of Arthur, where we’ll learn that trans women are women.