Selected-By: Steve Kinzler <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The Usenet Oracle has pondered your question deeply.
Your question was:
And in response, thus spake the Oracle:
> O fount of knowledge, I humbly beseech thee to sip from thy knowingness!
> Help me, O oracle, O Encyclopedia Silicon! This plagues my every waking
> moment, preying on my mind and stealing my joys:
> Why does "Sesame Street", a children's show which is supposed to teach
> the fundementals of learning, along with a healthy dose of multicultural
> values, persist in running the segment "One of things is not like the
> You know the one: "One of these things is not like the others, / one of
> things does not belong?"
> Doesn't stand to reason that this is merely perpetuating the sin of
> bigotry? Only to soon do children turn this into: "One of these people
> is not like
> the others, / one of these people DOES NOT BELONG HERE! Get out of
> you DIFFERENT PERSON!"
> Why does PBS, of all institutions, let this RACIST, BIGOTTED, WHITE
> SUPREMACIST PROPAGANDA persist?
} Sesame Street is most definitely NOT "racist, bigotted, white
} supremacist propaganda". The show portrays people of many backgrounds,
} races, and colors getting along in respect and friendship, even though
} many of the characters are "not like the others". Which belongs less,
} someone who's tall, yellow, and feathery; blue and furry with an
} unusually wide mouth and big eyes at the very top of his head; green and
} hairless with a funky collar and eyes at the very top of his head ...
} you get the idea.
} The real danger is in the other shows that turn people into "things",
} especially once-normal innocent children into catatonic couch potatoes.
} Turn on the idiot box any Saturday morning to see what I mean. As a
} character not from Sesame Street said, television is called a "medium"
} for good reason, because (almost) nothing on it is rare or well done.
} You owe the Oracle 50 videotapes of Mighty Mouse episodes.